When this arrived in a recent estate lot, I went eeek ! and then promptly contacted our favorite repair shop. Although we can make minor repairs and alterations here at our store, we leave something like this to a professional that has experience with Native American jewelry.
A jumble of beads and a broken wire – I wonder if everything is here to make a necklace again??!!
The 14 mm handmade beads are stamped on both side and so are the blossoms – quite rare !
As usual Old Town did their magic – straightening any bent blossom petals, balancing all the beads beautifully, making a new hook and eye closure….resulting in a treasure of a necklace.
The repair shop we use…….
Contact Diane Radeke at
Old Town Trading Co. / Jewels of the West
4009 N. Brown Ave.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
This 146 gram claw bracelet has a very unique design. It is new old stock (NOS) from a store that closed about 10 years ago. Other than that, I have no information on its age but based on the rest of the inventory of that store, I would guess 1980 to 2000 or thereabouts.
It is hallmarked STERLING and TN
According to hallmark references, it seems like that could be the hallmark of Navajo artist, Tammy Nelson. It does seem consistent with Navajo style.
Does anyone recognize this work or hallmark?
Hallmark: STERLING TN
Turquoise cabochon set in the claws on the sides
Handmade, stamped sterling silver fetish bear on each side
I have looked everywhere on line and in books and I can’t find any information on at artist, perhaps Bennett Pat or Pat Bennett whose name is on the back of my bolo tie. Can you help?
Well without a photo Ron, I’m guessing what you are seeing is something like this
BENNET PAT. PEND.
BENNETT PAT. PEND. C-31
stamped on the locking slide on the back of your bolo…yes?
BENNETT PAT. PEND.
If so, that refers to a person who designed and manufactured the first locking bolo slide clip about the mid 1950s and the slides carried this stamp
BENNETT PAT. PEND. C-31
Although the above indicates that a patent had been applied for, there is no patent registered according to anything I have read.
In the mid 1960s the C-31 disappeared and the stamp was simply
BENNET PAT. PEND.
It is my opinion and experience that soon thereafter, others began copying the clasp so the copy-cats didn’t add the BENNETT name on it. We refer to unmarked clasps as “Bennett-style” clasps. I’ve seen unmarked locking clasps on bolos made from the 1960s through til today.
An unmarked Bennett-style locking clasp
The marking on your bolo slide might be a partial stamp that made you think it said “BENNETT PAT”.
You should look carefully all over the back of the bolo itself (not the slide) for any kind of marks – often these are quite light as they are sometimes done with an engraver. That information plus a photo of the front of the bolo would be helpful in determining the origin, and perhaps the artist who made your bolo.
I just placed an order for a sterling silver twist bracelet and am very excited to receive it. I was speaking to family members that own Sterling silver and they said it will turn black if I wear it in the pool or hot tub.I am thinking that my bracelet is made from better material and that I will not have this problem. Please let me know what you think about this matter.
I love the look of this bracelet and have been waiting to purchase it for quite a few years. I have had your website in my favorites and I finally made my purchase. Thank you for your time and patience. WS
The bracelet you ordered is made from sterling silver. I have had one for years and it is as shiny as ever – maybe once a year I wipe it with a polishing cloth.
But I have never worn one in a shower, bath, dishwater, pool, hot tub and wouldn’t recommend it because as you would learn if you google this search phrase “sterling silver chlorine”
One effect that chlorine can have on sterling silver is discoloration or tarnish. Discoloration happens when the copper in the alloy reacts with the chlorine. The discoloration can be either a light brown or black.
Also, silver is a very good conductor of heat so wearing jewelry in a hot tub would seem to invite discomfort…….just sayin’