(jna-0031) 1930s – 1940s Navajo Sterling Silver Getoh



1930s – 1940s Navajo Sterling Silver Getoh

  • 1930s – 1940s Navajo Sterling Silver Getoh
  • This is one of the earliest Navajo bow guards that we have had. It is one of the most unusual.
  • The piece is circa 1930s – 1940s.
  • It is concave to fit a small wrist in a frame of the older sterling triangular caronated wire.
  • This is overlaid onto a sterling silver base.
  • A beautifully designed butterfly is worked across the entire surface of the Getoh.
  • It incorporates rain clouds and emphasizes the four directions.
  • The design is double sided.
  • The heads make use of an additional layer of overlay to make the piece very three dimensional.
  • Four liquid silver drops carefully placed on a circle of overlaid silver make up the eyes.
  • A tall straight bezel is very slightly zigzagged with a jeweler’s saw enclosing the oval turquoise.
  • The stone is a deep teal blue with red, brown and white quarts matrix.
  • The bow guard has four loops in each corner attaching to a leather cuff.
  • The leather is newer than the Getoh.
  • It weighs 5.6 ounces with a marvelous patina.
  • The piece is 3 1/2″ long x 3 1/4″ wide.
  • The long side of the oval stone is 1 1/2″.
  • Please not the curvature of this bow guard which will not fit a big boned wrist.


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