Navajo & Zuni Ketoh Collection | Web Appraisal | Birmingham


GUEST: My mom started me on this collection
probably six or seven years ago. All I know is that they are Native American
ketoh bracelets. Ketohs are bow guards. I think three of them came from the same family. This one, this one, and this one. APPRAISER: I see. GUEST: The rest of them I really don’t know… APPRAISER: Do you have a favorite? GUEST: I have, I do. I wear this one a lot. I feel like this one’s probably the oldest. It has a lot of color to it, so I don’t wear
it as much, but I do love it, cause that was my first one that my mom gave me. APPRAISER: This is the first one you got. GUEST: So it is. It started my collection. APPRAISER: Well, your mom set you on a good
path. GUEST: So she did. She did. APPRAISER: These are from the southwest. GUEST: OK. APPRAISER: And they’re either Navajo or Zuni. They date to the 20th century. I think the earliest maybe around 1910, 1920. And I think they go right up to about the
1960s or ‘70s. GUEST: OK. APPRAISER: They are bow guards, and so you
would wear it on your left wrist if you were right handed. When you pull back the bow string and let
the arrow fly, the string could really smack you on the inside of your wrist. And so this would protect the wrist. And Navajo, Zuni, Native Americans in general
were hunters, and the bow was their principal weapon. So this is an ancient form. The materials: obviously silver, with turquoise. This one right here has jet and coral as well
as the turquoise. GUEST: Right. APPRAISER: In each of the backings, the straps,
this is commercial leather. It’s not native-tanned leather. So this could be leather that was salvaged
from a saddle or from cowboy boots, that sort of thing. And repurposed, if you will. It’s not typical to see stars or other carvings
on the hide. This hide, however, is very… You see how it’s curved over and sort of shiny
at the sides? That’s from rubbing against body oil. You could compare it to some of the others,
which have a much drier surface. They don’t show the same amount of wear. The one that you think might be the oldest
might be the reverse. It may be the most recent. GUEST: OK. APPRAISER: And it’s the most elaborate. The simplest one, I think, is the oldest. This one right here. And the one closest to you in the front. Those are the two oldest. GUEST: Hm. APPRAISER: The stamps, if you look at them
carefully… GUEST: Right… APPRAISER: Are hand done, one little element
at a time.. GUEST: Right. APPRAISER: This one in the middle has stamps
that have individual designs, and that’s a later indication. Do you have any feeling for value? GUEST: This one here, I don’t think I spent
$300 on it. Mom got ‘em for me. She bought this one as well as these at a
flea market from the same dealer. APPRAISER: OK. GUEST: So I really don’t know. APPRAISER: I think the ones with most of the
turquoise, this fancy one with the color, on a retail basis, I believe would sell in
the $350 to $550 range. The one closest to me I think is the oldest,
it’s your favorite. I would value that at about $1,500 to $2,500. That’s my favorite by far. And then the one closer to you that’s similar,
also I think in the neighborhood of $1500 to $2000. So altogether, I think we’re looking at about
$6,500, $7,000 worth of ketohs. GUEST: Wow. APPRAISER: It’s a terrific collection. They’re just great. GUEST: Thank you. APPRAISER: Yeah. Thank you for bringing them.

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