We are offering a marvelous hand-hammered antique Navajo spoon for you to consider. The spoon measures 5 inches long and the is 1 ½ inches wide. It is heavy gauge silver and was well made by somebody who knew what he or she was doing. This type of spoon was always made from ingot silver by the Navajo Indians (Dineh)of Arizona and New Mexico for the tourist trade at the turn of the last century. They were never marked for silver content. The design elements are all stamped into the piece as was commonly done. This spoon is special because it is jam-packed with design elements. There are two eagle elements both wearing whirling logs. There are two sets of crossed arrows and a snake curling up the handle. In addition, there are a variety of other simple Native elements. (For those of you unfamiliar with the whirling logs, while resembling the swastika, the design predates the Nazis and was considered by native peoples to be a symbol of good fortune.) To find a snake pattern is very unusual as the Navajo were very hesitant to decorate anything with snakes. The reverse side shows the hammering and filing marks that should be present with an item such as this. The bowl of this spoon is a little larger that what is normally encountered and could possibly be described as a soup spoon. The spoon is in excellent condition with no metal fatigue cracks as are commonly found on old pieces of hammered silver. There is a beautiful glowing patina that covers the whole piece. Overall, this spoon is a gem and priced well-below the going market for such unique pieces.
If you collect Navajo spoons then this spoon is for you. It is a nice elegant edition to your collection. If you do not collect these spoons then it is time to start. Their value is skyrocketing since the release of the book by Cindra Kline. You can shop with confidence at Sweetpea Cottage. YOUR SATISFACTION IS GUARANTEED. If you wish to return your purchase for any reason we gladly refund your purchase price minus shipping. Within three days of receiving your item, simply notify us by email that you wish to return it. Once we receive it in original condition in a timely fashion, then we will refund the full purchase price minus shipping charges. International buyers must complete this transaction using PayPal.
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