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I purchased this necklace. It was represented as “Vintage Native American”. No tribal affiliation was given. It was represented as being “very old” (maybe 60’s?)
The hallmark is a capital “T”. It is not marked sterling silver but again it was represented as being sterling silver.
It has been cleaned somewhat but does have patina consistent with an older piece.
My questions are:
1) Do you think it is Navajo? (or some other tribe)
2) Any idea as to the maker?
Thank you! Shauna L
It looks like a Navajo Squash Blossom necklace to me.
Based on the photos, its overall look and style and the smooth bezels around the stones and the stones themselves, plus the patina, it has the look of a 1970s or earlier item.
Your hallmark photo shows a capital T in Gothic.
According to Hallmarks of the Southwest by Barton Wright, the T hallmark is attributed to Navajo silversmith Tommy Singer.
According to The Little Book of Marks on Southwestern Silver by Bille Hougart, the T hallmark has been used by
Navajo silversmith Tommy Singer
Navajo silversmith Rhonda Tahe
Navajo silversmith Richard T. Thomas
I hope this has been helpful. Paula