Circa 1940 hand forged and hand stamped Navajo silver ice tea spoon. 8" length, 1" width
“Navajo silverwork came of age at the moment when railroad travel to the Southwest brought artisans and traders into the American marketplace. The Victorian love of cutlery, and the nation’s obsession with commemorative silver merged in the intriguing artistry of Navajo spoons. From the 1880’s to World War II, Navajo smiths brought the highest level of skill and invention to functional teaspoons, servers, and sugar shells. At the same time, the spoons were the canvas for ethnic art. An utterly unique artform, these artifacts are now ardently sought by collectors and institutions, as rare mementos of Navajo artistry and the souvenir trade.”
— Excerpt from 'Navajo Spoons: Indian Artistry and the Souvenir Trade' by Cindra Kline, guest curator for the exhibit at the Wheelwright Museum in Sant Fe, New Mexico.
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