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Artist: Dean Kirk
Circa: 1950's-60s

Provenance: Williams Family collection

Quantity in Stock:(Out of Stock)

Product Code: CLR343


Why would anyone in his right mind want to become an Indian trader? First he had to learn the native language, no little chore in itself, then isolate himself in a barren country surrounded by members of a foreign society, whose social patterns and thought processes he had to learn and adjust himself to, all for the sake of a small monetary benefit. Why then become an Indian trader? A question often asked of the early traders!

Dean Kirk owned and operated the trading post at Manuelito, NM. He also owned and operated the Lone Mountain turquoise mine in Nevada, where each summer he and several Navajos would mine the turquoise, weather permitting. Dean wanted to bring a new style of Navajo jewelry to the public and hired Navajo, Hopi and Zuni bench smiths to create his vision. He taught them how to cut stones, both cabs and inlay. He combined Navajo, Hopi overlay and Zuni inlay all together in many of his pieces. He then distributed this work to the many trading post in both Arizona and New Mexico. If youll look, I bet you have a piece of their jewelry in your collection.

This lovely pin offers the best of this new style of jewelry that began in the early 50s. The pin has a domed silver base, with simple stamp work, then channel inlay of Spiderweb #8 turquoise, black jet, mother-of-pearl and coral, setting up in a raised smooth bezel. It measures 3 in diameter. A bit of history here! We offer a silver conversion piece that is easily added to the pin, so that the piece can be worn as a pendant or pin.

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