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Hallmarks of the Southwest (A Schiffer Book for Collectors) Hardcover – May, 2000


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Product Details

  • Series: A Schiffer Book for Collectors
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Pub Ltd; 2 Rev Exp edition (May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764309897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764309892
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 0.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barton Wright is the foremost authority on Hopi Kachinas.

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Customer Reviews

Very nice coffee table book.
Cynthia Birklid
This book is an excellent reference to anyone who collects or sells Native American Jewelry.
Marla Rich
Enjoyed the book and the info is just what we were looking for .
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Beth Sopko on December 27, 2006
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This is the eagerly-awaited second edition of Hallmarks of the Southwest; as a longtime collector of Native American jewelry, I'm happy to finally have a copy of this book.

Naturally, not every craftsman can be represented in such a comprehensive work, and complicating this is that not every piece is stamped with identifying marks. (Some of my favorite jewelry isn't stamped at all, even with "Sterling.") Many of the references are a carry-over from the first edition; since silversmithing is often a family tradition, certian respected craftsmen working today may not be represented but their families are.

It's a valuable overview, and leaves the reader [me, at least] wanting more.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Marla Rich on June 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is an excellent reference to anyone who collects or sells Native American Jewelry. It shows the mark of the well know artists in Native American silver jewelry. The Navajo , Hopi , Zuni Indians are all included in this book. Very detailed, I highly recommend it.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By S. Levy on January 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have been using this book since this edition was published. It is an excellent compilation of summary information about makers of Native American jewelry and other collectible wares. I expect that this has - to this point - only about one-third or one-half of the people listed who make jewelry. I annotate mine with added marks for unlisted jewelry makers, together with summary information on them. When I can, I ask the artisan to autograph the book, preferably near the added information.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tanzanite Gal VINE VOICE on January 13, 2010
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I bought this book because of my collection of authentic Native American jewelry. An accumulation of over 40 years. Unfortunately, most of what I have is not listed in the book and I assume that is because of the fact the jewelry was not made in the southwest. Some of the pieces I have did have the Artisans and Hallmarks represented in the book and it gave me the information I needed. I would highly recommend this book. It is filled with drawings and sketches and history. I would also recommend Margaret Wright's book on Hopi Hallmarks.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. Hardin on February 16, 2011
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Gathering a comprehensive list of SW silverworkers to include their hallmarks is a daunting task, given that the work of these artists covers many decades. Further, the artists are from a huge geographical area where modern communications are limited or lacking, such that, to get accurate information and confirmation would require a tremendous amount of travel, time, and expense. The book is a remarkable attempt in that regard. However, it is also strewn with errors, omissions, and misidentifications. There is scant information on many of the artists, and in some instances 2 different artists are confused as being the same. There are other similar works that are more comprehensive, useful and credible than this particular piece.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Carlson on August 9, 2009
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Extensive research in cooperation with the Indian Arts and Crafts Association, by the author, Barton Wright, makes this a comprehensive reference up to the year 2000. Introduction carefully explains why all pieces made by Native Americans are NOT signed, and some of the philosophy behind not signing works, especially pre 1970's. Color photos of items, by known and unknown artists, some in museum collections, give reader an idea of high craft quality of jewelry and other metal and stoneware combination items. This is helpful if one is buying jewelry online or in person, but one would have to refer to another picture reference to see styles of other mediums. Although signature recognition is always helpful.
Contents include signature initials, nicknames and given names, symbols (used in signatures) and tribal affiliation, as well as unidentified (at time of publication) marks. Also includes shop marks, as well as marks of fetish carvers, pottery makes and rug and basket weavers.
This is an excellent overview reference, and gives cross reference sites, and a bibliography of sources dating from 1946 to 1982, as well as a short profile of the author's extensive collaboration and expertise in the general field of Native American Art.
It would be a bonus if the author could compile an edition of signatures and other attributions for the years post 2000. But realize research time for such an edition would be considerable since there is an increasing number of recognized Native American artists each year as popularity and recognition of the importance this art increases.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. W. Shafer on May 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must have for the serious collector of Native American jewelry. This compilation is broad and attributes many makers to their nation of origin. There are names, initials, and pictographs, with an assortment of unknowns as well. This book is worth its weight in gold!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Donham on July 23, 2010
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If you are wanting a book to give detail on Hallmarks of Native American Jewelry, then this is the one you would want. Has tons of detail. I bought one and have ordered two more for a friend of mine. Awesome Book!!!
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