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QUESTION: Hi again. Silly me..Here are the pics to go with the request I sent you earlier.Iff you need clearer photos,let me know. Thanks. Maggie

ANSWER: Please add overall images of the designs and the back of each item. Very interesting stones. Jasper settings like these were quite popular in the 1950s. I'll be able to tell more about the origins when I see the designs, especially of the cuff.

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QUESTION: Hi Mr. Sutton,
Here are 2 pictures that i hope will help with your evaluation. I can only send 2. I will send 2 more in the other email.


Thank you,
Maggie

ANSWER: Maggie -- I haven't had any luck with the hallmarks. Since they are not struck (stamped marks) but appear to have been cast in place, I figured they would show the cuff as having been made of bench-shop components, but I can't find reference to those particular marks, in our reference library. Personal hallmarking by a specific silversmith was unusual prior to the 1960s, but bench-shop marking was typical. I'm guessing the cuff dates to the end of the 1940s, and is probably Navajo made from New Mexico, but since I don't have an image that shows the stone in the setting, I can;t really estimate value. Send an overall front shot in good lighting in a follow-up.

The other pieces, would probably be worth around $75 for the ring and smaller pendant, each, and $145 or so for the larger pendant.

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QUESTION: Mr. Sutton,I thank you for your answers,although I hope you can clear up the mystery of the stone in the cuff mostly..I have been told it was dinosaur bone, but didn't look like any that I had researched. It looks like moss to me, but since you told me, Jasper, it does resemble some of the stones I have found. So here is the cuff center stone as clear as I could get...I don't know if this belt would help in any way with the hallmark owner. Thanks again for all your help. Your amazing.
Maggie

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Great shots, Maggie! The stone actually is called Dinosaur Bone. We've seen it in a couple of densities and colors over the years. I'm not sure what it actually is, gemologically, but probably some kind of Jasper. The Wyoming/Yellowstone connection is interesting, too becasue of the incredible Paleontological finds there. I would have sold a cuff like that for somewhere in the range of $300 to $400, but the belt, which seems a bit older, from the way the stone is set, would be worth a bit more than that. If it has a reasonable number of conchos, it would run upwards of $600 or so. I will continue to see if I can find that hallmark. It's very distinctive, and I believe from the work, not the mark, that the belt and cuff were made by the same silversmith.  

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As a direct reservation trader in all aspects of American Indian arts since 1985, I've answered questions regarding cultural property issues, origins of traditional crafts, materials and techniques, collecting, authenticity, symbols and, of course, repairs! We have operated a retail gallery since that time, bricks and mortar until 2007 and online since 1996. Our online operation closed in 2/2015, to allow me to finally write full-time. My writing site can be found at www.sailletales.com I'll be adding a book or two from our trader experiences under the pen name of W.T. Durand and the rest of my fiction is under my own name. We are not "New Age" practitioners of adopted American Indian religious ceremonies or combined philosophies. If you are seeking such knowledge for spiritual reasons, we will only provide answers that address factual information on these subjects. Unless one is raised in a traditional, American Indian family with language, culture and religious belief intact, we don't believe that simply applying the trappings or cultural property of a given traditional group will give a non-Indian (Native if you prefer)any insight other than the academic.

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My primary focus is on Southwester American Indian Nations and their people, but I also have experience in Plains and Northeastern traditions, having engaged in active trade and retail since 1985 and study for most of my life. I am not claiming any expertise at all in the work, techniques, lifeways or crafts that are made by the Native People of Mexico. They are not the same, either linguistically or culturally but certainly their crafts deserve discussion and appraisal by those who are able to provide real information.

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I was a guest on Fox Network "Lifestyles" program, during the 1990s, to discuss how to tell forgeries, and authenticating jewelry as Native American work. I have also written extensively for our website, www.kivatrading.com and our Ebay Store.

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UofO, 1970 active in the Authentic American Indian Arts business and direct Trader since 1985. Graphic Designer and published novelist.

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