Is there some kind of publication that gives information on Navajo silversmiths similar to the publication on fetishes?
This is a family heritage that should be preserved .
Thanks. Ruth D
Great question. Here are the books I know of that name artists, give their hallmarks, a little bio and sometimes some examples of their work. We have many other books here on Native American jewelry but these are the ones I refer to most often to research estate and pawn items. I’m sure there are more that other readers might suggest.
Hallmarks of the Southwest Barton Wright 9″ x 11″ hardbound book 271 pages Has drawn hallmarks and brief bio of many Navajo, Zuni and Hopi artists
The Little Book of Marks on Southwestern Silver: Silversmiths, Designers, Guilds and Traders Billie Hougart 9″ x 6″ paperback book 459 pages Has photos of hallmarks and brief bios of many Navajo, Zuni and Hopi artists.
Hopi Silver: The History and Hallmarks of Hopi Silversmithing Margaret Nickelson Wright 9 1/2″ x 6 3/4″ paperback book 147 pages Has 73 page history with photos The balance of the book is a Chronological Listing of Hopi Artists and Hallmarks. Hallmarks are drawn
American Indian Jewelry I: 1,200 Artist Biographies Gregory Schaaf 11″ x 9″ hardbound book 342 pages Highly illustrated with black and white and color photos of jewelry and artists. Bios range from a few sentences to a few pages.
American Indian Jewelry II: A-L 1,800 Artist Biographies Gregory Schaaf 11″ x 9″ hardbound book 400 pages Highly illustrated with mostly color photos of jewelry and artists. Bios range from a few sentences to a few pages.
(Note American Indian Jewelry III M-Z is in production)