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Ingot Silver Cuff Bracelet with Traditional Repousse and Stampwork

Perry Shorty

About The Ingot Silver Cuff Bracelet with Traditional Repousse and Stampwork

Ingot silver was mill rolled and hammered to produce the basis sheet for all the formative and decorative repousse, chisel and stamp work done to complete the bracelet.  

From poured ingot to basic sheet form, the silver required numerous annealings.  Thoughout the process of "working" the metal, by mill rolling or hammering, it hardened and had to be heated to return to malleable state.  This was done for the fine stamped design patterns, enhanced by chisel definition.  It was also done for each of the repousse areas that raised and spread the silver, giving a subtle, even, undulation to the bracelet's stamped and chisel defined edge.  

One of Perry Shorty's finest creations, as easy to wear as it is handsome!

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Ingot silver was mill rolled and hammered to produce the basis sheet for all the formative and decorative repousse, chisel and stamp work done to complete the bracelet.  

From poured ingot to basic sheet form, the silver required numerous annealings.  Thoughout the process of "working" the metal, by mill rolling or hammering, it hardened and had to be heated to return to malleable state.  This was done for the fine stamped design patterns, enhanced by chisel definition.  It was also done for each of the repousse areas that raised and spread the silver, giving a subtle, even, undulation to the bracelet's stamped and chisel defined edge.  

One of Perry Shorty's finest creations, as easy to wear as it is handsome!

About the Artist (Born 1964, Navajo)  "This jeweler makes traditional hand-wrought jewelry in the style of the 1890s-1940s. His techniques and materials are varied and include ingot silver, fabrication, tufa cast, repoussé, twist and drawn wire, file work, appliqué and set stones.

Born in 1964 in Ganado, Arizona, Perry began jewelry-making in the mid-1980s. He was inspired by silversmiths who came to sell their wares at the Gallup jewelry supply store where he worked. He was further encouraged by his father-in-law- Bill Malone, a trader at Hubbell Trading Post, and then he apprenticed for three years to his silversmith brother-in-law Ernie Lester.

Perry never wanted to do modern silver work. He wanted to make pieces the way the old timers did: plain, using heavy silver, little turquoise, and very little stamp work. “I used my imagination, “he says, “to set myself in their position.” He purposely started out with hardly any tools, using just a few hammers and chisels to stamp designs on silver. He bought his first tools with a 1995 fellowship from the Southwest Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA), sponsor of the Santa Fe Indian Market.

Design ideas came from studying old pieces of Navajo jewelry. Perry would go to fairs and talk to older people about their jewelry. He would visit museums and private collections to pore over their pieces. Sometimes he’d even stop people on the street and ask to look at the old jewelry they were wearing." taken from the Wheelwright Museum's website

Culture American Indian, Navajo
Medium Sterling Silver
Troy ounces 1.97 troy ounces
Size 5 1/4" end to end plus 7/8" opening, measuring 15/16" wide consistently to terminals.
Signed "P. Shorty" is stamped on cuff's interior, also stamped "Handmade"
Date of creation 1990
Condition Excellent
Provenance Cur
Gram weight 61.3 grams
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