RARE Horace Iule ZUNI Sterling Silver & Red Coral Cross Pendant!
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ITEM: One fabulous vintage cross pendant! Fashioned from sterling silver, the design is Native American and features nicely sized GENUINE red coral cabs - a touch of engraving caps the top and east/west ends of the piece. Solid silver, not hollow - sandcast by a Zuni master - Horace Iule! Sorry, the chain is for display purposes only.
CONDITION: Very nice with no problems I can spot. Patina is PERFECT!
METAL CONTENT: Either Sterling Silver or a slightly lower fineness
HALLMARKS: H. Iule on the back. Metal has been acid tested for content.
SIZE: From top of bale to bottom measures 3-1/8" x 2".
WEIGHT: 18 grams
FINAL COMMENTS: Horace Iule (Aiuli) (c. 1901-1978)
As early as 1944, when John Adair's groundbreaking study of Southwest Native American silverworking titled The Navajo and Pueblo Silversmiths was published, Horace Iule had achieved a level of success that enabled him to rely upon his craft for his livelihood. Identified by Adair as "one of the two or three best artisans in the pueblo," Iule taught silversmithing at Zuni's government-funded day school, thus influencing an entire generation of silverworkers.
A third-generation silversmith whose grandfather Hatsetsenane (or Sneezing Man) was, according to Adair, "one of the first generation of Zuni smiths," Iule initially trained as a blacksmith at the Phoenix Indian School. Iule learned silversmithing from his father after completing his education and returning to the pueblo in 1924.
Horace worked with his wife Lupe Iule, who was from San Felipe Pueblo. They were married in 1933, and had six children.
Known for his mastery of silvercasting, Horace Iule is best known today for his castwork crosses. While his children continue to make jewelry using Mr. Iule's molds, the current pieces are stamped with the marks of his children or simply Iule. Any jewelry marked H. Iule is by the master himself!
PRICING: Checking the Internet I see that rings signed by H. Iule command around $900 while a Turquoise cross is around $800. I have no idea what a red coral cross would command in price so let's just say my asking is reasonable and I'll still entertain offers.
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