In researching a silver piece I own, I came upon your blog. I’m trying to find out if the combo brooch/pin/pendant is by the silversmith Tommy Singer. The design has chip inlay. On the back, there is a capital “T” hallmark. I understand this might be an earlier hallmark.
I was looking to receive your opinion on if this was infact Tommy Singer’s work. May I send you photos of the piece so you can help to identify the piece? (I have 2 photos)
Thank you for your time.
Happy Holidays to you too !
Judging from the photos you sent, it looks like early Tommy Singer chip inlay of a yei figure.
What is Chip Inlay?
Chip inlay is a method where cavities in jewelry are filled with a mixture of crushed stone, typically turquoise and coral, and epoxy resin. The piece is then polished smooth after the resin has hardened. Navajo Tommy Singer is often credited for first using chip inlay in Native American jewelry.
The T hallmark is attributed to Navajo silversmith Tommy Singer in these two books:
Hallmarks of the Southwest by Barton Wright
The Little Book of Marks on Southwestern Silver by Bille Hougart.