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I-1-50 Navajo demitasse spoon.

The Navajo are an Athabaskan speaking people belonging to the Nadene linguistic family and refer to themselves as the “Dene” which means “the people”. Like their close relations, the Apache, they migrated in ancient times from the far northern Canadian interior into what is now the southwestern United States. They have the largest reservation in the country, which is also their traditional homeland, encompassing parts of southeast Utah, northeast Arizona and northwest New Mexico. The Navajo were the first to become famous for silver and turquoise jewelry in the Southwest but they were also quite skilled at making non-jewelry items such as bowls, trays, spoons, and boxes to mention just a few items. This little tea (or demitasse) spoon is made of silver ingot or coin, cold hammered into this shape. The stamp work is quite elaborate especially for the bowl.

It is 4 1/4 inches long and dates to the 1920's. $225.00