This is a very desirable and highly collectible hand hammered antique silver Navajo iced tea spoon. It measures 7 1/4 inches long and the bowl is 7/8 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 of Arizona and New Mexico for the tourist trade at the turn of the last century. They were never marked for silver content. Good quality iced tea spoons are much more rare than the standard tourist spoons that were made and sold. The design elements are all stamped into the piece as was commonly done. The top of the handle has an elaborate design that is hard to describe but appears to be an owl with an arrow pointing down the spoon. The bowl is stamped with a whirling logs icon and another random design element. The reverse side shows the hammering and filing marks that should be present with an item such as this. The spoon is in excellent condition with no metal fatigue cracks as are commonly found on old pieces of hammered silver. It has 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. This is guaranteed to be a true piece of Navajo folk art and not a knock off made by a commercial manufacturer which is what so many of the "Navajo spoons" are that are being sold on internet auction sites today.
If you collect Navajo spoons then this spoon is for you. It is a nice elegant addition 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.
Item ID: AntNS-626