From the estate of a collector presented here is an investment quality piece of Native American sterling silver and turquoise jewelry.
The broach/pendent is hand made in the traditional "old pawn" style by the award winning Navajo artist Kirk Smith. The item is made using the stamp and repousse' traditional Native American silver smith techniques. It has scalloped edges with the vintage revival sterling silver finish Kirk Smith pioneered over his many years of making art. His work is known for being in the "old pawn" style using heavy silver displayed in exquisite style and showing off high quality turquoise stones. As an artist he wanted to preserve the old Native American silver smith ways and developed the " Old Pawn patina" his work is known for. His jewelry is some of the finest produced and always included in serious collections.
There will be no new pieces of Native American jewelry made by this revivalist artist. Kirk Smith was killed by a drunk driver on September 17, 2012. He was 55 years old and at the peak of his creativity as a contemporary Navajo jeweler.
The broach/pendent presented here has the jeweler mark in cursive writing that Kirk Smith used in the later years of his career. The piece also has the sterling silver hallmark to guarantee its precious metal content. There are 12 oval turquoise gems that measure 8 X 6 mm each and one center oval shaped turquoise gem that measures 14.5 X 10 mm. The turquoise gems are bezel set in the "saw tooth" bezel design Kirk Smith was known to use. The turquoise is rare "black spider web" from the # 8 mine in the state of Nevada, USA.
The broach/pendent measures 3 inches by 2 1/2 inches and weighs 46.5 grams.
A collectors piece rarely on the market!