Item #899E- Vintage 40's-50's Zuni Turquoise Pettitpoint Silver Squash Blossom Necklace

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Item #899E- Vintage 40's-50's Zuni Turquoise Pettitpoint Silver Squash Blossom Necklace

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Beautiful vintage 40’s-50’s Zuni turquoise pettitpoint squashblossom necklace. The necklace consists of one hundred sixty (160) 6mm handmade seamed silver beads, twelve (12) blossoms that each one consists of eleven (11) small turquoise pettitpoint stones (a single stone in center wrapped with smooth wire with ten (10) satellite stones around it) along with rare four (4) point flutes, and the naja consists of fifty nine (59) pettitpoint stones. A total of one hundred ninety one (191) tedious hand cut turquoise pettitpoint stones each set into very fine hand cut saw tooth bezels with most stones separated from the next with a small silver raindrop. The unique naja displays two (2) rows in a “C” shape with a twisted wire running between them. The artist has split the satellite cluster of a blossom design between the two (2) rows on the naja. The top displays seven (7) stones that satellite around a single center stone wrapped with smooth wire and they pick up on the inside of the naja with yet another single stone wrapped with smooth wire and the last three (3) stones that would complete the eleven (11) stone blossom with only exception being the extra smooth wire wrapped stone. The silver between the stones has turned black or almost black from the years of patina build up. The necklace has been re-strung somewhere along the line with foxtail chain and the person left about an extra 1 1/2” of bare chain on both sides to allow the necklace to hang lower on your chest. It has a heavy duty shepherds hook and eye clasp that’s been crimped on. The necklace is a very interesting 70-80 year old antique piece!.

The necklace measures 28 3/4” long end to end with a wearable length of 15 1/2” measured from clsp to bottom of the naja. The naja measures 1 7/8” by 1 3/4” across with each blossom measuring 7/8” by 9/16”. It weighs 84.9 grams (2.99 oz or 2.73 ozt) and is unsigned sterling silver. Obviously not a big and bulky squashblossom, but I’m very amazed with the design and tedious painstaking craftsmanship! The old Zuni craftsmen have been duly noted for going blind before they turned 35-40 years old from doing work like what this necklace has demanded. Excellent collector’s early Zuni craftsmanship at its best! $1649.95