Set of Nine Silver and Turquoise Navajo Iced Teaspoons

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Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Silverware - Flatware
  • Origin: Diné of the Navajo Nation
  • Medium: silver, turquoise
  • Size: 8-¼” long
  • Item # C4336B
  • Price: $1,250.00

Handmade silver table service was popular before the Great Depression but suffered from that time on.  Revival of interest caused the Diné to start making it again sometime following World War II, and interest has continued to today.

This set of nine teaspoons was made from heavy gauge sheet silver in the 1960s. The bowls of the spoons are beautifully stamped, but the true artwork is on the handles, where the artisan hand hammered the ends, which have the appearance of a dry riverbed.  Triangular-shaped turquoise cabochons were then placed in silver bezels near the end of the handles.

These 9 teaspoons match the salad service set on our site (Item #C4336A). The same artisan made them for the same client. You can compare the salad service set.

Condition: this Set of Nine Silver and Turquoise Navajo Iced Teaspoons is in excellent original condition

Provenance:  from the estate of Hilda Street, former owner of The Streets of Taos, an Indian art gallery at 200 Canyon Road in Santa Fe.  Hilda commissioned this set from a Diné artist in the 1960s.

Recommended Reading: Navajo Spoons: Indian Artistry and the Souvenir Trade by Cindra Kline

Relative Links: Navajo NationSilverware - Flatware

close up view of a few of the spoons.
Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Silverware - Flatware
  • Origin: Diné of the Navajo Nation
  • Medium: silver, turquoise
  • Size: 8-¼” long
  • Item # C4336B
  • Price: $1,250.00

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