Navajo artist Russell Sam – Bear Pendant – Info Please?

Dear Paula,

I have come into the possession of a piece by Russell Sam and have tried in vain to find out anything about the artist.  I wondered if you might have some info on him or might be able to point me to someone who might have some biography info on him.  I would appreciate any help you could give me. I have attached a scanned picture of the Russell Sam pendant. If you know anything at all about the artist, I would appreciate whatever info you may have on him.  Thank you so much for your time and trouble.

 Sincerely,  Dolores

Hi Delores,

Russell Sam is a Navajo silversmith from the Gallup, New Mexico area who is still producing as we are currently purchasing his items.  In fact, we have a very similar pendant to yours in our store right now.

Many members of the Sam family are silversmiths in New Mexico and a number of them had worked for the Atkinson Trading Company in past years.

 

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2 thoughts on “Navajo artist Russell Sam – Bear Pendant – Info Please?

  1. He seems to use nice turquoise. I like the stone in Delores’ piece, reminds me of Number 8. I like the piece in Paula’s too, quite different from the one in Delores’. Does he carve the piece by hand or cast it, Paula?

    Happy fourth!
    Linda

  2. Hi Linda,
    I’m sure this is a cast piece as we have purchased half dozen the last few years and they are all the same layout of feather, kokopelli etc. Each has had a different type of turquoise stone though and the quality of the stones has always been very good. In Delores’s piece and the ones we have had, he set the stones in a smooth bezel which looks very nice. This past year, he started using serrated bezels however and we didn’t purchase any as they didn’t look quite as nice.
    Happy Birthday USA to you too !!
    Paula

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