Frank Patania - Sterling Silver Belt Buckle, C. 1950s
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Ref., Native American and Southwestern Silver Hallmarks Third Edition by Bille Hougart
FRANK PATANIA (1899-1964; Anglo). A master artisan, Frank Patania established a style of handcrafted southwestern American jewelry by blending European silversmith technology and Native American design, a combination that would provide a foundation for excellence in style and artisan-ship. Patania worked at Julius Gans’ Southwest Art & Crafts before opening his Santa Fe-based Thunderbird Curios shop in 1927, the name was later changed to the Thunderbird Shop. The shop was the home base where a select group of talented Native American silversmiths could hone their skills, and where his (and their) products were sold. Over the years, many silversmiths worked in Pantania’s shop. Those that are listed elsewhere in this book are Charles Begay, Alberto Contreras, Carlos Diaz, Don Enos, Jimmy Herald, Lewis Lomay, Julian Lovato and Arturo Rivera. A second shop was opened in Tucson in 1937. The Santa Fe shop closed in 1964, and was re-opened in 196 by son Frank Patania, Jr.
Because of his early influence on southwestern silver crafts, Frank Patania has been referred to as a “William Spratling of the American Southwest.” The shop’s logo, a “Thunderbird,” is stamped on each product. His son Frank Jr. and grandson Sam carry on the Patania silversmith tradition.
Marks:” F P (rocker engraved inside a diamond; earliest mark used sporadically); F P (conjoined and embossed; first used in the early 1940s) and a thunderbird stamp (the “thunderbird” mark was first used in the late 1930s); FP (conjoined and embossed letters, inside an oval, in the 1950s); FP (conjoined, incised letters, inside and oval, in the 1950s); FP (conjoined; incised letters) and a thunderbird stamp; a thunderbird stamp only, with sterling (the thunderbird mark measures about 2mm, wingtip-to-wingtip).
Inventory #: 131NON156
Size: L. 2.5" x W 1.5"
Weight: 46.4g or 1.63oz
Artist/Hallmark: Frank Patania/ Thunderbird & FP
Condition: Excellent Vintage Condition,
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