Item #901M- Men's Vintage Navajo 8pc Turquoise Nugget Collector's Watchcuff by Kee Joe Benally

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Item #901M- Men's Vintage Navajo 8pc Turquoise Nugget Collector's Watchcuff by Kee Joe Benally

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Rare 1950’s vintage Navajo eight (8) stone turquoise nugget collector’s watchcuff by Kee Joe Benally. The silversmith has used eight oval cut and polished turquoise stones lining four (4) down each side of the cuff in a graduating size stack each stone has two (2) silver drops between it and the next with additional two (2) drops above the top stone on both sides. He hammered the cuff where it displays a concave dome on the sides and flat across the watch setting. He has added even chisel stamping along both sides between the stone stacks and outer edging of the cuff. Finishing by attaching silver strips to form and hold the watch face in place. This is an older and collectible watchcuff which has a heavy and even patina build up. Since most collectors prefer the aged look, we will leave any cleaning to the customer.

The watchcuff measures 1 1/8” wide narrowing to 7/8” wide at both ends. It holds an inner circumference of 5 1/2” plus a 1 3/8” opening. It will fit a 6 3/4 to 6 7/8” wrist as is and could be slightly adjusted to fit between a 6 5/8” to 7” wrist. The watchcuff weighs 69.1 grams (2.44 oz or 2.22 ozt) and is hallmarked Large W - IHMS/S - KJB. The “W” is Woodard’s Indian Shop hallmark, IHMS/S stands for Indian Hand Made Sterling Silver, and KJB is Kee Joe Benally’s (b.1936-2014) hallmark. The cuff shows healed and repair turquoise and appears to be Morenci. He was known to use some of the highest grade turquoise available and this is the way we received the piece. Mr Benally worked for Woodard’s for 15 years throughout the 1950’s and 60’s, was President of the Lupton Chapter of the Navajo Tribal Government, was named Arizona Living Treasure in 2004, and won numerous awards throughout his lifetime. Rare and sought after collector’s watchcuff! $749.95