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Hallmarks of the Southwest (Luftwaffe Profile Series,) Hardcover – January 1, 2000

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Barton Wright is the foremost authority on Hopi Kachinas and author of Clowns of the Hopi: Traditional Keepersand Delight Makers and Kachinas: A Hopi Artist's Documentary (both from Northland ublishing).
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Product Details

  • Series: Luftwaffe Profile Series,
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing; 2nd ed. edition (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764309897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764309892
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.2 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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This book has been extremely helpful in identifying makers marks. It does not have photos of the marks, though, which I wish it did. It has drawings.
Very easy to use, several ways to look up a mark and extra information about artists. I would buy again.
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This is a superb compendium of the marks and tribal associations of Native American artists, particularly silversmiths and artisans. I learned a lot while looking up several items in this book, the signatures and marks are mostly well-illustrated, although I found the mix of cursive, symbolism and print marks to be inconvenient....better if, as in some silver books I have for English silver, it was divided according to the KIND of mark, animals--plants--cursive letters--print--full names---nicknames, etc. Also, some of the photographs of the marks are so small that it is difficult to compare them with the "real thing". I also found that "lesser" artisans whose work is out there in the marketplace are not included, even though they are more common. Even these need to be identified as to family lineage, etc. by the collector since very often we see pieces included in auction bundles and their identification is sketchy at best. Much of what I have is as gifts from a relative in Arizona, signed pieces of great beauty, and yet I could not find a single one identified in this book. So is one then to assume that they are necessarily lesser works? As I've gotten into this more I've not found any book that approaches the subject in a tutorial format....I guess that is what I'm looking for! My understanding from others more involved in SW jewelry collecting is that they learned how to select the best items by trial and error....but for silver in this market that seems to mean rather costly lessons must be learned!
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