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EARLY FRANK PATANIA SR. TURQUOISE LEAF PIN/PENDANT
EARLY FRANK PATANIA SR. TURQUOISE LEAF PIN/PENDANT
 
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Artist: Frank Patania Sr.

Circa: 1930's/40's

Provenance: Private collection
Our Price: $585.00

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Product Code: BCP2
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This unique, 1930's/40'S sterling silver and turquoise leaf pin was crafted by Frank Patania Sr. (1889-1964). This lovely pin, shows the European influence of his designs with precise file and stamp work, seen and admired in much of his work.

The pin/pendant measures 2" long by 1 5.8" wide. It has a unusual, strong clip on the back that opens up and can be used as a pendant hook for a chain or bead strand or as a clip. Hallmarked with his Thunderbird Shop mark.

Frank Patania Sr.'s was born in Messina, Italy in 1899, he followed the European tradition of apprenticeship in jewelry making. He was introduced to the work of the Native Americans in the 1920ís. He soon opened his first business called the Thunderbird Shop, located in Santa Fe, NM near the famous downtown plaza in 1927. Moving to Tucson for a second location in the 1930's, he ran both shops for the remainder of his life. Frank taught and employed Native American artist at both locations. Better known artists, such as Julian Lovato of the Santo Domingo pueblo in New Mexico and Arthur and Andy Rivera, along with many others.
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