Navajo ingot silver squash blossom, 1910s-20s
Navajo-made squash blossom necklace with ingot silver and natural turquoise, made in 1910's or earlier. The naja is 2 1/8" tall, 2 1/8" wide, the center turquoise stone has a saw tooth bezel with filed scalloped edging, hand-stamped with fluted buttons on the tips. There are 18 squashes in total, 9 on each side, graduated in size. The silver beads are handmade, and this necklace is made in the old style with no clasp and strung on cord. It is 24" long.
From Richard Rosenthal Private Collection.