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Antique horn fish snuff box


Antique horn fish snuff box

A 19th century horn snuff box or mull, in the form of a fish head. Natural horn, carved into a fish face with an inlaid eye, metal rim and horn cap or lid. Even the mount for the lid has decorative flourishes. In excellent, usable condition, the whole piece measures 2 7/8″ long by about 2 1/8″ the length of the lid by about 1 5/8″ wide. A nifty old piece with lots of personality.

$225


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Vintage Zuni Lucy Ceshu 5 piece bird set


Vintage Zuni Lucy Ceshu 5 piece bird set

Five individual masterworks by Zuni artist, Lucy Ceshu.

This is a rare large set consisting of a bracelet, ring, clip earrings and a brooch. I’ve seen this design called birds or “melon heads.” These figures have tiny details including dots and dash inlays carefully set into the background stone or shell. Inlaid with jet, turquoise and shell.

Although examples of this maker’s work have been around for awhile, the creator of this design is still somewhat debated. I’ve heard these attributed to Lucy Ceshu and to John Lucio. Personally, I lean more toward Lucy Ceshu as John Lucio’s work is usually heftier, with chunkier cuts and his famous eagle dancer inlays have a completely different look, often with a “pillow cut” shell for the head, just an overall different aesthetic. Then, to confuse the maker issue, the earrings are marked with a stamped, angular “J.” And, if you look closely at the earrings, the red sections on the wings look more like coral rather than the spiny oyster used on the other, unmarked pieces. And, the unmarked pieces all include silver disks with a single dome in the center. The earrings do not have that detail. Anyway, whoever made these, all the pieces are wonderfully done.

The bracelet measures 6 1/4″ inside circumference and the center bird, 2 1/8″ top to bottom. The brooch is just under 2″ by 1 1/4″ tall. The ring is a size 8. The set is in excellent shape overall with light wear to the silver and the sets. There is a small (less than 1/8″) stable crack in the right side of the chest piece in the white shell. All stones are stable and secure.

$1250


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Early tourist Santo Domingo bowl


Early tourist Santo Domingo bowl

Hand coiled and elegantly decorated, this is an older piece of Santo Domingo Pueblo pottery. This is a food sized bowl but probably not meant for regular food use due to the inside decoration. 2 1/4″ high by 8 1/2″ wide. In very good old condition with surface wear and some spotting to the inside of the bowl. On the underside of the bowl, there is an original paper label with “Doming” written in pen. Written in pencil on the bottom is “$3.00,” and written on the bottom of the sides of the bowl, “Old Design” and “Domingan.”

$275


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Vintage Simplicio silver and jet hair pins


Vintage Simplicio silver and jet hair pins

Not marked but heavy and well made with the classic Simplicio leaves, these could have been made by Dan or Mike Simplicio. Nicely worked silver with hand tooled leaves and stamped drops plus carving on the jet stones. The pins are twisted square wire and sturdy so these are usable and useful. Each pin measures 4 3/4″ long and each head is approximately 1 1/8″ both directions. Excellent condition.

$375


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