Beautiful and unique silver ingot bracelet with stamping and heavy repousse work. Marked UITA 22 indicating it was made by one of the Native American silversmiths at Dean Kirk's Manuelito Trading Post, Manuelito, New Mexico during the 1940's.
Length end to end: 5 1/2"
Space between ends: 1 1/4
Width: 1 1/8"
“The United Indian Traders Association (UITA) was established on September 13, 1931 for the expressed purpose of authentication of Indian crafts. At the time, the UITA as an important player both in Indian cultural life and in advocating for the sale of high quality, authentic Indian arts and crafts.
UITA was incorporated as a non-profit in New Mexico, with the support of a number of traders and San Francisco attorney Charles Elkus. Bert Staples (Coolidge, NM) was UITA's first President, R. C. Master (Zuni, NM) was Vice President, C. N. Cotton (Gallup, NM) served as Treasurer, and Tobe Turpen (Gallup, NM) was Secretary. Directors included L. L. Sabin, C. G. Wallace, J. M. Drolet, Ramon Hubbell, Lloyd Ambrose, Bruce Barnard and Mike Kirk. All of the founding directors and officers were veteran owners of trading posts in the Southwest. The founding membership of 753 grew to over 125 in about 10 years.” -Bille Hougart, Native American and Southwestern Hallmarks
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