HOPI SILVER The History and Hallmarks of Hopi Silversmithing
By Margaret Wright
The uniquely beautiful silver jewelry crafted by Native Americans of the southwestern United States has been widely known and admired for the past hundred years. Although the Hopi people of northern Arizona acquired silvermaking at a later date than other tribes, they have developed a distinctive and fine quality jewelry that is equal artistically to that of any other silversmiths in the world.
This first edition of Margaret Nickelson Wright's Hopi Silver: The History and Hallmarks of Hopi Silversmithing is the most comprehensive guide available on Hopi silversmithing. It includes more than 300 silversmiths and their hallmarks-the personal stamps that smiths use to mark their work-as well as a written and photographic chronicle of this beautiful art form.
No collector of Native American art or student of Native American history should be without Hopi Silver.
I. Hopi Crafts and Culture 1500-1890
II. Early Hopi Silversmiths
III. Silversmithing Tools
IV. Important Influences
Museum of Northern Arizona
Veterans’ Silversmithing Classes: 1947-1951
Silver Overlay Technique
Hopi Silvercraft Cooperative Guild
Private Enterprise: Hopicrafts Shop
Changes in Hopi Cultural Life
V. Contemporary Silversmiths
VI. Today’s Hopi Silver Jewelry
VII. Hopi Silver Hallmarks
Appendix 1. Working Silversmiths Listed by Adair, 1938, and by Mary-Russell F. Colton, 1939
Appendix 2. Indian Arts and Crafts Board Standards for Navajo, Pueblo, and Hopi Silver, 1939