Anybody familiar with Native American silver work knows the fine reputation of Zuni artists. Although Zuni and Navajo work are often confused, the inlay work on this piece suggests a Zuni artist. This piece could be worn as either a pin or pendant. It has a contemporary pin back and a pendant loop that is original to the piece. The back is marked with the word "Sterling" and it is most likely pre-WWII. The pistol is decorated with small pieces of stones that have been glued to the surface. These pieces are still well attached. Hanging from the bottom of the pistol are three decorative charms that consist of a horseshoe, a star, and a cactus. Each one of these charms is silver. Two of the charms, the cactus and the horseshoe, have been decorated with fine Zuni inlay work, done with mother-of-pearl, coral, turquoise, and some unidentified materials. The pistol measures about 2 3/4 inches long and is about 1 ½ inches tall. There is some minor staining on the surface that has lightened the patina in spots, but overall the piece is covered with the silver patina that is so widely sought after by collectors. The pin clasp on the back is firmly attached and works well. Overall, this is an exceptional piece, both in terms of condition and its unusual subject matter. For the collector of Southwestern native silver work or pawn, this is a special one-of-a-kind item.
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Item ID: AntZPP-251
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