Is this a Tommy Singer Chip Inlay Bracelet?

Hi Paula,
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.

Thank You,
Gordon

xxx 043 xxx 044 xxx 048Hi Gordon,

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

W249-chip-timex-singer-4Best of luck with your search, Paula

8 thoughts on “Is this a Tommy Singer Chip Inlay Bracelet?

  1. I bought directly from Tom Singer for many years at his shop in Dilcon. I never saw a piece in his shop that didn’t have a signature. The most common one was the TC (the “C’ was more like a crescent moon) or a TC above an S. Better pieces were signed with his full name or Thomas Singer, Silversmith. My guess is that this bracelet was not made by Tom Singer and was not made in his shop.

    The piece you show is nice clean work. It might have been made for a shop in Holbrook, AZ called Nakai but even that shop usually had signed work.

  2. I am trying to send you a question on two very old pieces I have and cannot seem to get through. Can you please tell me what website I should try, the one currently listed is not working at this time and I have reported it – I would like to send you pictures too, if you are interested. Thanks so much, cheryl

  3. hi Paula, I’m new at this so please bare with me… I’ve had a set of conchos for awhile now and just recently found a hallmark. On the back of each piece there is what appears to be an arrow with a scroll runs top to bottom in the center of it. I had read not to post a picture but seems that would give a better idea of it. I believe it’s Charlie hannaweeke’s early work before he was married to Paula but not certain. It would be great if you could help. Thanks

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