Identifying a Jewelry Hallmark?

Identifying a
Jewelry Hallmark?I have searched everywhere looking for this Hallmark on on my cuff sterling silver bracelet. I live in New Mexico so I am usually privy to many of the Native (Navajo, Zuni, Hopi), and Mexican hallmarks but this one has stumped me. I'm hoping someone can help identify the mark or even some of the correct lettering. My guess has been maybe ending in ...."lond"?


Identify a Jewelry Hallmark?
Identify a Jewelry Hallmark?
Identify a Jewelry Hallmark?
Identify a Jewelry Hallmark?

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July 31, 20210 found this helpful
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In America, articles marked Sterling must contain a minimum of 925 parts silver for every 1000 parts of material. Expressed another way, items must be 92.5 percent silver and no more than 7.5 percent base metal. This ratio is called the "sterling standard" and has been used in the US since the mid-1860s. The numeric 925 is the millesimal expression of the 925/1000 standard.


The vast majority of qualifying items made in the US ca. 1860 to 1970 especially items made before 1940 are marked Sterling or Sterling Silver. Many vintage marks, but far from all, include the name of the manufacturer. Very rarely are qualifying pieces of American silver from those years marked only 925. Rarer still, are American marks which include sterling and 925 together without a company name. This doesn't mean all pieces marked Sterling or Sterling Silver old. But it is a general rule that virtually all pieces marked 925 or Sterling 925 are modern.
So the mark Sterling on your bracelet just means that you have a vintage 92.5 percent silver bracelet. The manufacturer of your bracelet can be identified only by the second hallmark. If this is the name of the manufacturer, then it is very illegible. But sometimes, when hallmarks are applied to jewelry, the pattern / inscription is distorted.

Your bracelet design reminded me of Bell Trading Post jewelry. There are images of arrows on their decorations. Your bracelet also has an arrow-like pattern on the sides.
Bell Trading Post was founded in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1932 by Jack Michelson and his wife Mildred. They sold southwest style jewelry at various tourist locations in the United States. Bell Trading Post got its name from Jack's wife, whose maiden name was Bell. Here you can read the history of this company
The types of jewelry sold by Bell Trading Post included sterling silver, nickel silver, gold, and copper. They put the word sterling in a font similar to your bracelet. They had several options for stamps. "Over the years numerous hallmarks were used on items sold by Bell Trading Post and Sunbell. The hallmarks typically included the image of a bell or that of an arrow sign post with a bell sign hanging from it. Shown here are just a few of Bell Trading Post's hallmarks." nativeamericanjewelrytips.wordpress.../.../ Sometimes this hallmark was applied very clearly, but I saw jewelry from this company with a very distorted hallmarks, for example, like here at the third bracelet: Your bracelet may also have a very distorted Bell Trading Post hallmark.


I have looked through a large number of stamps and I have not found anything more similar.

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July 28, 20210 found this helpful

The only marking that is of real importance is the sterling mark. The other mark is who manufactured it.

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July 28, 20210 found this helpful

I'm sure it is probably Native American but this is a 'specialty' field and may require knowledge of many tribe's marks.
I would suggest posting your question and pictures on several forums to see if anyone can help you.


You will have to join but many of these members are quite knowledgeable in this field:

Keep checking back as there are other members who may have more knowledge in this field.

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July 28, 20211 found this helpful

I think this logo or insignia, has nothing to do with your bracelet being native american styled, or manufactured by native americans. I think is just the signature of the brand or the jewer ly company, like tiffany & Co., Taxco (silver that comes from mexico usually have this logo), etc.

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July 30, 20210 found this helpful

This may help give you info:

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