Ambrose Roanhorse Cuff

Highly collectible and exquisite mid 1930s sterling silver cuff that is hallmarked by US NAVAJO 40 from the Navajo Guild of Silversmiths; Hand repoused and chiseled, the tightness of his work is exemplary- the cuff is so perfect, it looks machine made but indeed done entirely by hand. The hallmark US 40 is attributed to being Famed silversmith, Ambrose Roanhorse

Measures 1 5/8” wide, weighs 81 grams 


An excerpt of Roanhorse's biography from high 

Prominent Navajo silversmith Ambrose Roanhorse's vision was to create new Native design with non-traditional forms without the customary stamp work. Implementing strong, clean lines made from time-honored methods, his work was embraced by the public who saw it as modernist in its aesthetic which was popular at that time.

He taught at the government Indian School in Santa Fe in the late 1930s instructing many important Navajo silversmiths; and was an informant to John Adair for his book, The Navajo and Pueblo Silversmiths.

In 1941, Roanhorse exhibited his jewelry at the Museum of Modern Art in New York as part of the exhibition, Indian Arts of the United States. in 1967 the Smithsonian Folklife Festival honored him as the sole Navajo jeweler and his work was included in the Wheelwright Museum exhibition, From the Railroad to Route 66: The Native American Curio Trade in New Mexico 2008 - 2009 and is in their permanent collection.

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