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Navajo Spoons: Indian Artistry and the Souvenir Trade, 1880s-1940s

Cindra Kline

Profusely illustrated with photographs of over five hundred spoons along with historical images, this book examines the production of silver spoons by Navajo artisans from the 1880s to World War II. The silversmiths brought the highest level of skill and invention to functional teaspoons, servers, and sugar shells, sought after by traders and travelers to the Southwest.


Cindra Kline is a trader in Indian antiques and a public relations and marketing consultant. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.


"Kline, a part-time dealer in Indian artifacts, traces the history of these attractive and functional examples of Navajo silversmiths' art and provides insight on dating not only the spoons but also similarly marked Navajo jewelry."


Chicago Tribune

Published By Museum of New Mexico Press

8 x 9 in. 120 pages 85 color and 25 black-and-white photographs