June 26. 2014
Hi Paula. I hope you can help me. I have spent hours and hours and hours trying to identify some Hopi jewellery that i bought in the 70’s. I live in Canada, and there is little help up here identifying South West Jewellery. I have two silver overlay Hopi pins, both with the same ‘signature’ on the back. The signature is sort of like a ‘W’ . I have searched available sites on line that list signatures, but have not found anything. I also tried searching the images of pieces that seemed similar, and I came up with a definite similarity to a pin/pendant by Victor Coochwytewa (I should be so lucky!)
Could your recommend someone who might be able to help me with signed pottery? I have small items by Marie G. Romero from Jemez, Gloria Gachupin from the Zia Pueblo, and a beautiful pot by Rondina Huma, Tewa.
Thank you for any help.
Thank you for your patience. As you can see, due to the volume of questions we receive, it takes about a month for a question to work its way to the top of the queue.
I know nothing about pottery, so perhaps another reader might reply to that.
Elain, you also sent photos of a bracelet. If you want to resubmit that as a separate question like you did with this pin question, I’ll put it in the queue.
Now to the hallmark on these wonderful collectible Hopi pins.
The W hallmark is actually that of a lightning bolt with two arrowheads, one on each end. There is a bit of patina there occluding the hallmark. That hallmark is of McBride Lomayestewa, a Hopi artist of the Snow Clan from the village of Shungopavi who was born in 1932. He began work in 1956 and died in 2002.
He learned his craft at the Hopi Guild. He is brother of Mark and Clarence.
Now that you know the artist’s name you can do a search and learn more about him and see other examples of his work.
Enjoy your treasures !
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