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Silver Ingot Quintuple Split Shank Cuff

Fred Peshlakai

About The Silver Ingot Quintuple Split Shank Cuff

At least three and possibly four of the decorative stamps used appear in Steven Curtis' book, Navajo Silversmith Fred Peshlakai, His Life and Art.

Sterling silver ingot was hand-mill rolled to provide sheet of various gauge for the cuff and the centerpiece ornamental setting.  These were fabricated with solder after ornamentation using hand-carved stamps and a hardened file.  Square, drawn wire twist and "raindrops" of smelted silver add to the depth of decoration around an intricate and perfectly scalloped setting, the best of which holds an elongated oval turquoise cabochon of deepest intese blue color.

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At least three and possibly four of the decorative stamps used appear in Steven Curtis' book, Navajo Silversmith Fred Peshlakai, His Life and Art.

Sterling silver ingot was hand-mill rolled to provide sheet of various gauge for the cuff and the centerpiece ornamental setting.  These were fabricated with solder after ornamentation using hand-carved stamps and a hardened file.  Square, drawn wire twist and "raindrops" of smelted silver add to the depth of decoration around an intricate and perfectly scalloped setting, the best of which holds an elongated oval turquoise cabochon of deepest intese blue color.

About the Artist (1896-1974) Navajo silversmith known as either son or the nephew of Slender Maker of Silver, he served an apprenticeship with him.  Later Fred taught jewelry at the Fort Wingate School.  One of his best known students was Kenneth Begay, a man who became known as the "father of contemporary Navajo jewelry".  

Fred Peshlakai was legend.  Several examples of his jewelry are featured in Gregory Schaaf's book American Indian Jewelry III:  M-Z 2,100 Artist Biographies.
Medium Sterling silver ingot
Troy ounces 1.59 troy ounces
Size Center width is 1 3/8". Stone measures 1" length X 7/16" width. Shank width at rain drops is 7/8" tapering to 1/2" at terminals. Inside measurement is 5 7/18" from end to end with a 3/4" gap. Comfortable for a 6" wrist.
Signed No mark of any kind
Date of creation 1930's
Turquoise Natural turquoise with brown and black matrix. Its surface valley and texture are not flattened by its subtle satin finish.
Provenance ML
Gram weight 49.3 grams
Other Works by Fred Peshlakai
Ingot Silver Cuff with 3 High Grade Turquoise Stones, Jewelry by Fred Peshlakai Matching Cuff and Ring, Attributed to Fred Peshlakai, Jewelry by Fred Peshlakai