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Three Edna Leki necklace fetishes


Three Edna Leki necklace fetishes

 

A nice little group of three fetishes carved by the Zuni artist, Edna Leki. Two possible bears, one in serpentine, the other a light greenish agate. The third with the long tail is a beautiful red and mother of pearl shell. All have the Leki long face. Born in 1924, as Edna grew, she worked with her father, Teddy Weahkee, one of the most famous Zuni fetish carvers. After Teddy passed away, Edna continued working and expanded on what she learned from her father. Edna died in 2003 but her daughters, Dinah Gasper and Lena Boone, have carried on what has become the family fetish tradition.


The darker bear measures 1 3/8″, the light bear, 1 1/2″ long and the shell creature measures about 2″ long. All are in excellent old condition with no notable issues.

$125


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Eagle bolo by Ray & Eva Wyaco, Zuni


Eagle bolo by Ray & Eva Wyaco, Zuni

 

A striking big bolo tie of a bald eagle with matching tips of eagles’ heads. The inlays include bright white shell, jet, gold-lip shell and turquoise. The bolo is marked on the back with the signature stamp, “Ray & Eva Wayaco.” The central eagle measures approximately 4″ tall x 3″ wide. Each eagle head is about 3/4″ tall x 1 3/8″ wide. It is in excellent condition overall with small bits of soil and light wear. The unmarked Bennett clasp works well.

$595.00


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Old Zuni eagle bolo


Old Zuni eagle bolo

 

Great older Zuni inlaid bolo in the form of a bald eagle holding a snake, with matching tips of full smaller eagles. Dating this to somewhere in the 1940s. It originally had a handmade clasp, later converted to a Bennett (Pat Pend, C-31) clasp. Solid, well-done inlays of jet, natural turquoise and white shell, left just rough enough to be interesting. The central eagle measures about 2 1/4″ tall x about 2 3/8″ wide. Each eagle tip measures about 1 1/8″ tall x 1 1/4″ wide. In good old condition with wear and bits of soil stuck in corners.

$425.00


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Cluster brooch by Larry Moses Begay


Cluster brooch by Larry Moses Begay

 

Gorgeous classic brooch in the Zuni style but by Navajo artist, Larry Moses Begay. Fine work including hand cut bezels. Thoroughly marked on the back, “NAVAJO, STERLING, LMB, USA.” Natural turquoise cabs, some of which have cracks, normal for older natural pieces but, all stones are currently stable and not loose. Large, the piece is 3″ across.

$375.00


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Huge brooch by Presley Curley, coral, turquoise


Huge brooch by Presley Curley, coral, turquoise

A stunning brooch! By Navajo artist Presley Curley, this is a very large and impressive coral and turquoise pin. Although Presley is a Navajo silversmith, he also mastered the Zuni cluster style. Well made, the brooch has hand cut and filed bezels holding 20 red coral and 29 turquoise cabochons around the edge and nine turquoise stones in the center. The center stone has the color of Bisbee but has pyrite so it is probably Kingman or Morenci. Signed on the reverse, PC. Well made, substantial, very satisfying piece.

$950.00


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Vintage Zuni inlaid turtle pin


Vintage Zuni inlaid turtle pin

 

A charming little turtle brooch. Zuni channel inlay in turquoise, shell and jet. This is actual old pawn with pawn marks on the back. He measures 1 1/8″ x 7/8″ long head to tail.

$95.00


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Vintage Navajo bolo, fine spiderweb turquoise


Vintage Navajo bolo, Number 8 spiderweb

 

A classic bolo tie with excellent spiderweb turquoise. A silversmith friend said this is Crescent Valley but it could also be Number 8. Signed “B M” in separate letters, this could have been made by several different smiths. Circa 1960s, nicely made with a hand cut bezel around the main stone and fine toothed bezels on the matching tips. The bolo platform measures 2 3/4″ tall x 2 1/8.” cut crystal jar or dresser box with an enameled silver collar and lid.

$375.00


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Big old Zuni petitpoint cluster ring


Big old Zuni petitpoint cluster ring

 

An early and large, Zuni petitpoint cluster ring. Forty turquoise stones, beautifully worn, excellent patina. A great piece. The top platform measures 2″ long x 1 1/2″ across. The ring is about a size 8 3/4. No issues.

$375.00


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Old pawn silver ring with Bisbee turquoise


Old pawn silver ring with Bisbee turquoise

 

Good old ring with a large slab of natural smokey Bisbee. Another nifty element of this ring is the hand-filed bezel. Framed with domed bump ups on each end, hand twisted wire and drops and wild stamping on both side ovals, this is a great old piece. Not straight Navajo in style, this could have come from a Pueblo silversmith. The ring is a size eight, the top platform that holds and surrounds the stone measures 1 1/2″ x 7/8.” Appropriate wear, no issues.

$SOLD


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Early Navajo butterfly pin


Early Navajo butterfly pin

Circa 1930s, this is a heavy, slightly crude stamped butterfly pin. Made before figural pins became somewhat formulaic and quickly produced, this butterfly is heavy with relatively thick silver and wire used for the wings, and antennas and a solid silver button for the head and set with a single light blue round turquoise. I think the shelf-like pin mount should date this but I haven’t found the right reference yet. The carefully curled proboscis would allow one to wear this as a pendant as well. The butterfly measures 2″ tall x 1 1/2″ wide. Tarnish/patina is intact. No cracks or repairs.

$325.00


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