Herbert Taylor was a master award-winning silversmith who died in 1996 at the young age of 36, making his outstanding silversmith work hard to find. He stamped and fabricated all his work by hand using traditional techniques. Taylor was a recipient of many awards at the Santa Fe Indian Market, the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ, and the Gallup Ceremonial, including Best of Show. He also worked with well-known Navajo artist, Annie Martinez. His watch band presented here shows the excellence of his work and is fully hallmarked on both pieces of the band with his earliest hallmark. The turquoise and coral stones set in the band are in excellent undamaged condition, as is the rest of his silver work which shows the warm patina of age. Note the beautiful cold chisel work in the creation of the butterflies on either side, stunning artistry. I believe this band to be a piece of his work from the 1970's. All one needs to do is add a favorite watch to complement Taylor's extraordinary artwork in the silver. The band is suitable for either man or woman, though it currently has a man's expandable band on it. Watches in style today with the large faces would fit this band perfectly for either gender. The expandable band itself is in excellent shiny condition and could have links removed for a woman's wrist. It measures 3" in length and 5/8" in width. One can see that the expandable band was "Made in Hong Kong" as it is stamped also. That also gives a sense of the vintage era of Taylor's work, since most bands are now made in China! Taylor's sterling sections are somewhat curved to fit the contours of a person's wrist and measure 1 and 1/4" at the widest point and 1" where it attaches to the expandable band. It will take a watch pin of up to 5/8". Shown on my wrist which is small, the band does come with the Timex watch as shown which has a new battery. You may want to replace it with your own, however. A stunning piece of artwork from a master Navajo silversmith, what an exciting piece to add to your Native American jewelry collection, whether you are male or female!
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