I have a storyteller ring that has the mark: KK The K’s are actually back to back. Any idea whose mark this is? Here is the same mark on a bracelet I have.
Thanks so much, Sandy
We have baby rattles that are sometimes marked KK but the initials are not back to back, they are side by side like normal. That hallmark as well as KS and VS are associated with Navajo artists Kathleen and Veronica Scott.
- Sterling Silver Navajo Baby Twist Rattle with hallmarks KS, KV, or KK by Kathleen and Veronica Scott
However, I did see another seller have an item with the hallmark like yours. I’ll send you her contact info. Let me know what you find out OK?
Here is what the other seller wrote.:
I’m sorry but I have been unable to trace this mark to an actual name–I’ve located the artisan’s work in several trading posts and s/he is always listed only as “Navajo KK”. Native Americans have traditionally be reluctant to sign pieces because of traditional values and religious beliefs. They only do so now because they must in order to get top dollar for their work under Federal law. Even today, with common initials or one initial marks, it is impossible to be completely certain who made the piece unless you receive it directly from the maker.
I think she’s right in most regards. I thought I’d post this in case another reader might know. If so, please add a comment to this post. I’m sure Sandy would appreciate it and I’d like to know too !
Thanks to Diane for reminding me that that hallmark belongs to Navajo artist Kee Brown who specializes in storyteller items – in fact we’ve sold several of his pieces in our store including this bracelet.
Horse Storyteller Bracelet by Navajo artist Kee Brown click on photo to see more information