Native American and Southwestern Silver Hallmarks

By Bille Hougart

In this, his fifth book, Hougart continues to facilitate the identification of silver jewelry in the dynamic Southwestern Native American jewelry industry. This new book replaces the best-selling “Little Book of Marks on Southwestern Silver” which went out-of-print in early 2014. The new book is similarly compact and portable, but contains 4,065 photographs or hand-drawn images of marks (including 500 new ones), covering 3,425 individual silversmith (over 250 new entries), designer, guild, and retail entries. It features the marks of prominent silversmiths such as Kenneth Begay, Charles Loloma, Preston Monongye, Joe H. Quintana, Ambrose Roanhorse and many, many more contemporary artists. The entries cover all Southwest tribes, but also include many non-Native Americans working in the “Southwestern style.”

There are sections on the history of marks usage on Native American silver, including stamping programs of the Indian Arts and Crafts Board and the United Indian Traders Association. There is also a lengthy section covering the many and varied symbols used as hallmarks by Native American silversmiths, plus an extensive reference bibliography.

The book is comprehensive and user-friendly — fully cross-referenced and indexed for rapid and efficient searching. This book is a must have for collectors, dealers, appraisers and fans of Southwestern sterling silver jewelry and silver crafts.