Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present over 200 lots of Southwest jewelry and sculpture – Part 4 of the private collection from the vault of a major Southern California dealer/collector. Jewelry offerings – many old pawn items hand-crafted of heavy, solid sterling or coin silver and embellished with gem-quality turquoise or coral stones, hardstone or coins – feature works from the Navajo and Zuni. The majority were crafted by talented artists; many include maker’s marks.
Among the exceptional range of items are cuff, Mexican silver and other bracelets; squash blossom and heishi necklaces and sets; concho belts; belt buckles; watch cuffs and watch bands; Western belt buckles; men's and ladies' rings; decorative silver items; match boxes; jewelry items including earrings, pendants, pins, barrettes and other hair ornaments; naja (pendants); bolo ties; ketohs; hat bands; and several jeweler's groups of miscellaneous turquoise in varying shapes and sizes.
This sale presents some of the premier pieces of the entire five-part collection, which was carefully amassed over 30+ years with the goal of acquiring the finest examples of handwork available. Among the highlights are a massive turquoise cuff bracelet (5-1/2 inches long); sterling silver kachina sculptures; richly adorned concho belts; and exceptional squash blossom necklaces.