Hello and thank you for your interest in our inventory. Today up for your consideration is this WONDERFUL Frank Patania Sr./THUNDERBIRD SHOP Hand Wrought, Ingot Coin Silver Martini Spoon. C. 1930-40s
Ref., NATIVE AMERICAN AND SOUTHWESTERN SILVER HALLMARKS by BILLE HOUGART
Frank Patania Bio.
Frank Patania (1900—1964; Anglo). A master artisan, Frank Patania established a style of handcrafted Southwest American Jewelry by blending European silversmith technology with Native American design, a combination that would provide a foundation for excellence in style and artisanship. Patania worked at Julius Gans’ Southwest Arts & Crafts before opening his Santa Fe-based 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 Patania’s shops. Those that are listed elsewhere in this book are Charlie Begay, Mark Chee, Alberto Contreras, Carlos Diaz, Jimmy Herald, Lewis Lomayestewa, Julian Lovato, Joe H. Quintana and Arturo Rivera. A second shop was opened in Tucson in 1937. The Santa Fe shop closed in 1964, and reopened by son Frank Patania, Jr. in 1968.
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. HALLMARKS: FP (rocker engraved inside a diamond; earliest mark used sporadically); FP (conjoined and embossed; first used in early1940s) 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) and a thunderbird stamp; a thunderbird stamp only, with sterling (the thunderbird mark measures about 2mm, wingtip-to-wingtip).
Inventory #: 937NON160
Size: L. 10 7/8" x W. 1"
Artist/Hallmark: Frank Patania/Thunderbird
Condition: Excellent Vintage Condition.
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