Vintage Navajo Stamped Initialed Sterling Silver Cuff
A beautiful vintage sterling silver Navajo designed stamped and "AH" initialed* cuff. A one of a kind! 1 1/8" wide
*What importance are the Initials or "Hallmarks" stamped on a jewelry piece?
One type of signature found on jewelry is what is known as a hallmark. This is an impression made by holding a stamp punch on the silver and striking it with a hammer, leaving a mark that can be faint or deep.
In the 1950's and 1960's native american artisans initialized their work as a way to identify During the 1970's that encouragement received a boost through collectors’ growing interest in knowing not just the tribe of the artist but their individual name. As a result of this newfound popularity for their specific work, many silversmiths began using a hallmark to differentiate their pieces from the work of others. The hallmarks began to distinguish the work of many of the popular artisans of vintage jewelry. Navajo artists typically use their initials to distinguish their work fro others.