Rare Navajo Mark Chee Sterling & Rare Gem Blue Turquoise Cuff Bracelet No Reserv
Navajo artist, Mark Chee is among the earliest southwest silversmiths. Mark Chee is known for traditional stamp work and high quality stone settings in unusually heavy silver.
He was born in Lukachukai, Arizona around 1900 and was sent to government school at Fort Defiance (a United States government practice during that time) from the age of 10 to the 11thgrade. He is the elder brother of Joe Chee. He was active during the 1930s through 60s.
He specialized in heavy silver in old style designs. He then bought a few tools and used them all his life.
He quickly became an accomplished silversmith and was hired as a bench smith at Frank Patanias Thunderbird Shop and later at Al Packards shop on the Santa Fe Plaza. He was also a benchsmith for the Wooden Indian at Embudo, New Mexico. His hallmark is a stamp of a bird with his last name in the body in Gothic print. There are several versions of this mark but rather than being a separate stamp they may be due to the angle of his strike.
It is handmade and signed by the legendary Mark Chee. A Native American jewelry collection will never be complete without at least one Mark Chee jewelry piece. The bracelets inside measurement from tip to tip is almost 5 3/4", the opening gap measurement between the tips is roughly 1 1/2 " and it weighs a solid 47.7 Grams.
This is a Rare find! The item "Rare Navajo MARK CHEE Sterling & Rare Gem Blue Turquoise Cuff Bracelet No Reserv" is in sale since Sunday, February 28, 2021. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Bracelets". The seller is "my2shadows45" and is located in Dearborn, Michigan.
- Jewelry Type: BRACELET
- Brand: Unbranded
- Tribal Affiliation: Navajo
- Main Stone: Turquoise
- Metal: Sterling Silver
- Featured Refinements: Navajo Sterling Silver Jewelry
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- Metal Purity: .