Huge old Navajo manta bow pin

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Vintage Navajo silver & turquoise bowtie manta pin


A “WOW!” piece, a huge (4 3/8″ x 2 3/4″) old silver and turquoise brooch or pin in a bowtie form.  I’m calling this a manta pin as it could have served as that but also, it is a great velvet blouse piece, right under the collar.  Well made with hand sawn bezels and hand twisted wire.  The clasp is either originally simple or a simple repair.  The pin hinge is just a soldered horseshoe loop with the pin wrapped around.  The pin loop is a little flat so it could have been commercial rollar clasp pieces.

Signed with what looks like a conjoined “JM,” Navajo in make and style.  This might be by James Martin but I haven’t found work dates and this piece feels like 1950 or so.

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