Silver pin with beautifully simple design, made by a member of the Navajo Guild c.1940 Length: 2 1/8" Width: 1 1/16 Marked: Navajo, with the horned sun logo below it.
The Navajo Guild was founded to revive the standards for high quality Native crafts after a degradation catering to tourist-oriented crafts. It was formed by the Navajo Tribal Authority in the late 1930's in order to help young Navajo silversmiths learn from the great masters and maintain the quality of classic Navajo silver work. The Guild's standards were exacting and their instructors were among the most accomplished Navajo jewelers of the period. The individual makers did not sign Guild pieces which could only be marked with the horned sun logo of the NACG and the word "Navajo." So some of the instructors' work is among these pieces along with the students' work and a lot of time is spent wondering who really made which of the pieces, but that can't really be proven. Among the guild masters were Fred Peshlakai, Kenneth Begay, and Ambrose Roanhorse. Navajo Guild silver includes some of the finest Navajo jewelry of the 20th century and is highly collectible and desirable. It is generally characterized by its classic technique, clean and elegant lines, restrained use of stamp work and limited use of stones.
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