I have a very nice Sterling Buffalo ring and I can’t find the makers mark anywhere on line. I was thinking it might be Navajo or Hopi but I don’t know. Could I send you an email with a couple of photo’s attached so I can let you look at the ring and the makers mark and maybe identify it for me?
Thank you for your time! Dennis D
I’m posting your photos so in case somebody else recognizes the hallmark or work, we might get a better answer than what I am going to give you below.
OK, first of all I do not recognize the hallmark and I looked in all of my books to no avail. However I’m posting the photos in case another reader recognizes it.
I think this would be Navajo made in the 1980s or later. Because it has the word Sterling stamped on it, I doubt that it would have been made before that time, but it could be a late 1970’s ring.
It has all the design features and style of Navajo work. The spirals and leaves are very much associated with Navajo silversmithing.
Here is an example of Navajo work showing leaves, raindrops and spirals.
Here is an example of Hopi work – Hopi artists are most noted for overlay.
The only piece we have had that is similar to your ring was a small cast buffalo head pendant which was actually about the same scale as the buffalo head on your ring.
We’ve seen other pieces that incorporate a cast sterling silver buffalo head into a belt buckle or bolo tie from that era. The smith might work the cast piece a bit to change the buffalo’s nostrils or hair, but there seemed to be that particular buffalo head as a recurring theme.
If someone writes that they recognize the hallmark, I will be sure to let you know.
Bottom line – it is a great looking ring and one to enjoy !