I currently have a chip inlay bracelet I bought that was very strongly claimed to be a
Tommy Singer chip inlay bracelet (pictures are attached). I am trying to get some verification on if Tommy made it or not. Unfortunately, the bracelet appears to be worn (on the inside) and there are no makers mark on it (I have also been told that Tommy did not mark some of his items). It also appears to be quite thin. Every Tommy Singer
bracelet that I have seen that was verified to be made by Tommy has been very thick.
I understand that this is a bit of a shot in the dark, but I just thought I would ask if you knew of any way to verify the bracelet. I realize that the bracelet I have may very well not have been made by Tommy. That’s OK. I just want to verify “yes/no”. Any other
recommendations that you may have to verify the authenticity of the this bracelet would be most appreciated. I am also trying to see if I can get a chip inlay bracelet made by Tommy for my wife.
The reason for my quest is that my wife’s mother had a Tommy Singer bracelet for many years and when her mother died, my wife took possession of her mother’s bracelet. She unfortunately lost it and we have been attempting to replace it for the last couple of years.
To give other readers some background.
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.
Who is Tommy Singer?
Known world wide for his silver work, chip inlay and necklaces, Tommy (Thomas) Singer pieces are highly collectible and sought after. The Singer family has been involved in silversmithing, stone and beadwork for a very long time, handing the art down from one generation to another. Tommy Singer grew up on in the community of Dilcon on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona.
The hallmark stamp shown above on your bracelet is the last half of STERLING………a partial R and LING.
As far as whether or not this is a Tommy Singer piece, I could not say.
We have had similar chip inlay pieces, both vintage and contemporary, in our store that were made by a variety of other Navajo artists.
Here is a vintage Tommy Singer ladies watch