Bolo, Kachina, Turquoise, Hallmark, Vintage, 946

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Helen Long is the matriarch of the renowned Long family of Navajo silversmiths. She was married to Jimmie Long, a well known Navajo jeweler in his own right. They are both deceased but left a permanent mark on Native American Jewelry. Helen is best known for her work in creating sterling silver kachinas and yei figures and creating them as jewelry pieces. 

Double D Ranch is pleased to offer this outstanding bolo by Helen Long. Intricately crafted in sterling silver and set with beautifully hued turquoise stones, it depicts one of Helen’s signature Yei figures. 

This is a one-of-a-kind piece and a complement to collectors of the Long family’s work. 

1970s

 Helen Long (Navajo). Stamp work; stone sets; applique; yei figures.  Mother of Phillip and Tom Long. In1999 she was named Arizona Indian Living Treasure. 

Marks: H; h L; H Long (etched script)

Helen Long is a 20th-century Navajo jeweler, wife of Jimmie Long. She is best known for her kachina, yei and eagle dancer figures. Often her silver figures were highlighted with bezel-set turquoise or coral.

Mrs. Long fashioned rings, pendants, bola ties--all figurative in the motif. Examples of her work are included in the Peabody Museum, Harvard University in Cambridge, MA.  She is referenced in Barton Wright's book Hallmarks of the Southwest as well as in Gregory Schaaf's volume American Indian Jewelry I 1,200 Artist Biographies.

  • artist: Helen Long, deceased
  • affiliation: Navajo
  • markings: HL, inscribed Kenny Williams and pawn dealer code
  • materials: sterling silver, turquoise, leather cord
  • dimensions: 41" tip to tip
  • bolo: 4 1/2" x 2 1/4"
  • weight: 84 grams
  • closure: tension clamp
  • condition: excellent vintage condition 
  • style number: JN946
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