E/C Hallmark on Bear Claw Necklace

May 9, 2014

Hi Paula,

I have a man’s antique  Indian Necklace which came into my family’s possession about 1960 in Cody, Wyoming.
It has sterling silver, blood coral, turquoise and bear claws. The designers hallmark is E/C inside a circle.
Thank you for any help in finding the designers identity.
Anne

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I’ve checked all my resources and did not find this hallmark. Perhaps another reader recognizes it and will post a reply here.

What a GREAT necklace you have in your family – it is just handsome, gorgeous, beautiful !

The turquoise is excellent, the coral pieces stunning, the Mother of Pearl accents perfect. Although constructed in the squash blossom style (associated with the southwest cultures), the scrimshaw pieces are not typical of southwest Native American artists so this leads me to think of my days in the Pacific northwest and Alaska when I saw pieces more like this. As to its Wyoming connection, I am curious. Do you have any more information surrounding the acquisition in 1960?

Paula

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Navajo Bear Claw Pendant by Edward Jim

Real Bear Claw Necklace – can you tell me anything about it?

Hello Paula. I have a Bear Claw Squash Blossom necklace. I got it at an estate auction in 1989, in Bowman ND. It is missing one claw. They are real claws,  it is made of silver. It say “Craig” on the back. Is there anything more you may be able to tell me about it? Rob

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Without seeing the hallmark, I can’t say for sure. There are several Navajo silversmiths in the Craig family.

If you would like to send a clear photo of the hallmark, that would help.

What is that hanging down between the two claws of the drop? Can’t quite get a fix on it. I’m thinking it might be a piece of Mother of Pearl (MOP) to coordinate with what appears to be MOP set above the turquoise on the two sidepieces.

The assembly of this necklace is not typical. The curved reinforcements are unusual.

I wouldn’t call this a squash blossom necklace. Although it is true, it is strung on double silver beads typical of squash blossom necklaces, that is about where the similarity ends.

Below is a traditional squash blossom necklace complete with squash blossoms.

N201-squash-turq-nugget-1And this next one is a bear claw squash blossom necklace.N150-SD-bearclaw-turq-coral-2 I look forward to receiving the photo of the hallmark.  Paula

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Who made this necklace from the 60s and what is it worth?

Hi Paula,

I got this necklace in the 60s been in a storage box for 40 years, any idea what it is or who made it or what it would be worth if I sold it. Thanks Paul

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This is a unique necklace as I have not seen anything quite like it. A combination of heishi, claws and a turquoise pendant. When you say you “got” it in the 60’s, how did you get it? From whom and where? That often helps.

The heishi looks handmade and like either acoma jet or dark shell (maybe olive shell) with some turquoise mixed in. Its hard to tell from the photos but it looks like there are some (deeply tarnished) silver heishi beads mixed in there too. Are there?  The beads and cones on the ends look appropriate for a Navajo made piece – could be sterling silver with 40 years of tarnish.

The claws are meant to represent Bear Claws. Whether they are real or faux claws, I can not tell from a photo. The hot pin prick is really the only way to tell – the smell is quite distinct between a real claw (if you’ve ever smelled burning tooth or bone or even branding of cattle or horses – its something like that) and a faux claw (a more acrid, sharp smoke – think burning plastic).

The treatment of the claws is very unique – the two side claws with their silver caps and added into the heishi. Very interesting treatment. But the crowning achievement is the way the three claws are affixed to the bottom edge of the pendant – see best when viewing the back of the pendant. – that took some thought and skill.

The setting around the turquoise stone is unusual (i.e. not traditional NA), looks free form handmade. The stone is very blue for being 40+ years old but life in a box might explain that.

Does this test positive for sterling silver? In some of the photos it looks like it is, and other not so much.

As far as the hallmark, although there are many hallmarks using similar arrows, most have either another symbol or initials along with the arrow.  In one hallmark book, there is a drawing of this arrow in the “Unidentified” section. So perhaps someone who reads this blog might have an idea, but I do not.

As to what it is, I’d call it a Bear Claw Necklace, whether or not they are real, that is the style.

Is it Native American made? It is definitely made in a Native American style but with a very unusual combination of elements. The hallmark leads one to think it was Native American made, but until the hallmark is identified, one can’t be sure if it was Native American made and if so, by whom.

As far as its worth, I wouldn’t hazard a guess from photos.  If I had it in hand I could give you an idea.

Paula

I Want to Make My Boyfriend a Bear Claw Necklace for Christmas

Hi Paula

I want to make my boyfriend a bear claw necklace for Christmas, but I can’t seem to find a mount to put the claw in. Do you have any suggestions on where I could find something like this?
Thank you!

Arielle

 

Bear Claw Pendant by Navajo Ernie Hawthorne

 

Hi Arielle,

Many of the Native American artists purchase their supplies from Indian Jewelers Supply so that is where I would start if I were you.

Best of luck with your project and Beary Christmas to you and your boyfriend !

 

Bear Claw Necklace by Navajo Elaine Sam

 


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Bear Paw or Bear Claw? Necklace or Pendant?

 

Hi,

I am looking for a bear claw necklace. I saw you had one for sale ( bear claw, sterling silver and turquoise and coral, leaves and rain drops.)  I would like to see if you can make one for sale like that one.

Stuart

Hi Stuart,

I’m not sure exactly which item you were looking at. If you would like to send a URL of the page where the item was sold, that would be best.

But in the meantime, here are a few definitions of how terms are used when referring to Native American jewelry. My husband says it is a girl thing to know what these things mean and boys often use the wrong terms ! Just so we are talking about the same thing here……….

A pendant is a separate piece that is hung on a chain, collar, beads or leather thong.

A necklace is a complete unit that encircles the neck- it may or may not have a central piece or pendant.

A bear claw pendant or necklace is one made with a bear claw (real or faux) or out of other materials in the shape of a bear claw.

A bear paw necklace or pendant is made in the likeness of a print of the bear’s paw.

Now for some examples.

Native American Bear Claw Pendant

Native American Bear Claw Pendant

Sterling Silver Native American Bear Claw Pendant

Sterling Silver Native American Bear Claw Pendant

Vintage Native American Bear Claw Necklace

Vintage Native American Bear Claw Necklace

Native American Bear Paw Necklace with Pendant

Native American Bear Paw Necklace with Pendant

Native American Bear Paw Necklace

Native American Bear Paw Necklace

Now as far as your last question – can we make a specific one for you?  We don’t make any jewelry here. We purchase all of the new items we sell from Native American artists who make the items. Here’s how that goes. The artists tend to gather their materials in the fall and work over the winter on their jewelry. In the early spring, they start offering what they have made for sale. We make several trips during the spring and summer to purchase what we need for our store.

As far as special order items, when we first opened our web store, we took a few special orders but in 95% of the cases, either the item was not as expected, it took too long to make, or the customer changed their mind. The stone was the wrong color or size, the bracelet was too big or too small, the necklace was too long or too short………So we no longer take any special orders.

But it is always a good idea to keep an eye on our new page and the Pawn Shop where we add items daily and we never know what is going to come into the Pawn Shop.

You can go to the Pawn Shop or the New Page by clicking the appropriate photo.

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