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Morenci Turquoise Squash Blossom Necklace

Les Holden

About The Morenci Turquoise Squash Blossom Necklace

Stones are all well matched for hue and intensity.  The cut is by hand with only slight doming of the top.  The beads are a heavier older form of bench bead, produced by Indian silver smiths in a type of assembly line manner.  

The name Jean Bennett has been inscribed with an electric engraver in long hand on each blossom back and twice on the back of the naja.  This is the name of the former owner.  This may have belonged to a relative who pawned her items "for safe keeping" on a regular basis.  A common time for this was when the sheep had to be moved seasonally from high to low or low to high pasture land.

Savvy Price $950.00

Gallery Price $1,275.00

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Description

Stones are all well matched for hue and intensity.  The cut is by hand with only slight doming of the top.  The beads are a heavier older form of bench bead, produced by Indian silver smiths in a type of assembly line manner.  

The name Jean Bennett has been inscribed with an electric engraver in long hand on each blossom back and twice on the back of the naja.  This is the name of the former owner.  This may have belonged to a relative who pawned her items "for safe keeping" on a regular basis.  A common time for this was when the sheep had to be moved seasonally from high to low or low to high pasture land.

About the Artist 20th century Navajo jewelry known for making heavy jewelry, bracelets, watch cuffs.  His hallmark utilizes an L and an H.  Sometimes these two letters are conjoined.

Holden is cited in Barton Wright's book Hallmarks of the Southwest as well as Bille Hougart's Native American and Southwestern Silver Hallmarks (Third Edition).
Medium Sterling silver and natural turquoise
Troy ounces 6.62 troy ounces
Size Overall length-inside strand is 25" with clasp. Naja is 3 3/8" height X 3 7/8" width. Squash blossoms are graduated from 2" length X 1 1/4" width to 1 3/4" X 1". Stones are ovoid and triangular free form 7/8" X 7/8" to 7/8" X 1/2"
Signed Hallmark is stamped twice on naja "LH"
Date of creation Circa 1960's
Condition Excellent
Turquoise Natural turquoise from the Morenci mine in Arizona
Description Sterling silver sheet rolled from ingot as well as commercially rolled. Sterling 1/2 round and round wire, commercially drawn. The backing plates of the 10 squash blossom settiings and 7 naja settings are ingot sheet. Hand-cut bezels were soldered to each of these and a two wire rope twist was soldered to the base around each.
Provenance K & FC
Gram weight 205.9 grams