Wallie Sekayumptewa (Hopi) Silver Overlay Bracelet

Silver overlay bracelet circa 1940s/1950s. Cuff measures 6 1/2" with a 1 1/4" opening. Hallmarked.

Wallie Sekayumptewa (1917-2003) was an early innovator in silver overlay technology at the Hopi Guild in the late 1940s.  The Hopi Arts & Crafts Co-op Guild was formed in 1947, after World War II, when returning Hopi servicemen were trained at a silversmithing school founded under the G.I. bill.  Although many techniques of silver work were used, the overlay style gradually emerged as the dominate style. This simple, unique, elegant jewelry is now considered essentially the Hopi style of jewelry.