Reassessing Hallmarks of Native Southwest Jewelry (Artists, Traders, Guilds and the Government) by Pat and Kim Messier
"The intensive research undertaken for this valuable book properly identifies 45 Native American silversmiths and their hallmarks found on Southwest jewelry. Most of the marks date prior to the 1970's and some as early as the 1920's, along with the marks of traders, guilds and the government. This fascinating read also provides the stories of the artists and institutions represented by these marks. Over 275 color and black-and-white images illustrate the marks in situ on the jewelry, along with images of artists, trading posts, and guild ads. The text, explains why and when these marks were used. Among the important Navajo, Hopi, and Pueblo silversmiths whose lives and artworks are explored are Grant Jenkins, Fred Peshlakai, Juan De Dios, Da-Pah, Awa Tsireh, and others. The majority of the talented Indian silversmiths represented here left their homes on the reservation in the early 20th century to work in cities and tourist venues. The profiles presented also feature a handful of contemporary artists who are recognized as master silversmiths."
Hard cover with jacket, 144 pages.