We are offering a delightful hand-hammered antique Navajo spoon for you to consider. Highly desirable and very collectible, this spoon measures 5 1/4 inches long and the bowl is 7/8 inches wide. Made from heavy gauge silver, it is quite heavy for spoons of this type and was well made by a true artisan. 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, usually selling their wares at the Harvey Houses or railroad stations. They were never marked for silver content. The design elements are all hand-stamped into this spoon as was commonly done. The top of the handle has a design that consists of a repetitive pattern around the rim along with a modified squash blossom design. The bowl is stamped with a decorative element including a whirling logs motif that is surrounded by a rainbow/sun pattern. One of the more unusual aspects of this spoon is the twist handle running the length of the piece. Most of the time the handles were simply straight pieces of silver. Both the front and back of the spoon show the hammering and filing marks that should be present with an item such as this. The spoon is in excellent condition with none of the fatigue marks or cracks that are commonly associated with this type of item as a result of being over worked. It might have been polished at one time but that was long before we obtained it. 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 today especially on internet auction sites.
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.
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