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Sterling Silver and Turquoise Serving Fork

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Artist Unknown
  • Category: Silverware - Flatware
  • Origin: Diné - Navajo Nation
  • Medium: Sterling Silver, Turquoise
  • Size: 8-¾” x 2-⅜”
  • Item # C4025V
  • Price: $450.00

Close up view of the Turquoise

With the arrival of the AT&SF Railroad to the Southwest in the late 19th century, local artists began to make objects which would appeal to the travelers. Extremely popular were items made from silver that could be used in the home. Ashtrays, boxes, letter openers as well as cutlery were all sought by adventurers as practical items to take back as mementos of their time in Indian Country.

This single serving fork is an excellent example of the type of silverware that has been made by Navajo artists for over one hundred years. The fork has a simple, elegant shape. The handle is adorned with crescent shaped stamps and a fine cabochon of high grade turquoise. The face of the fork is stamped with three ovals. The piece is unsigned.

 

Condition: The Sterling Silver and Turquoise Serving Fork is in excellent condition

Provenance: From a Santa Fe collection

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

Close up view of the stamp work on the front of the fork.


Artist Unknown
  • Category: Silverware - Flatware
  • Origin: Diné - Navajo Nation
  • Medium: Sterling Silver, Turquoise
  • Size: 8-¾” x 2-⅜”
  • Item # C4025V
  • Price: $450.00

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