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Sterling Silver Jewelry251 of 981Antique Sterling Silver Bracelet from Trinidad Frank Patania Sr. Burnham Nugget cuffs
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    Posted 3 years ago

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    This cuff is a hollow form made By Frank Patania Jr (1932-present) around 1960-1965). He originally made it for his first wife, Gail Patania, who wore it for many years until it was accepted by the Smithsonian American American Art Museum for their permanent collection. The Patania family, Frank Sr, Frank Jr and Sam have all had one cuff each accepted by the Renwick gallery int he year 2000 by the then curator in charge, Kenneth Trapp. This was following the Patania's Tucson Museum of Art show, " Patania's, a Legacy in Silver and Gold" which was a three generation show. The acceptance by the Smithsonian was the only one of it's kind for a family of artists with three generations being accepted at one time. This lifted the Patanias jewelry work onto a higher plain as art rather than silver or gold smiths or jewelers as far as the collector community was concerned.
    Frank Patania Jr went on to make many ecclesiastical pieces for many churches around the United States and will be remembered not only for his jewelry but also for these large scale silver pieces.

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    1. racer4four racer4four, 3 years ago
      A great representative piece of a talented family. It's a pleasure to see these pieces!
    2. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
      Hunter wrote an article about Patania:
    3. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 1 year ago
      Yes, a pleasure and an honor!
    4. spatania spatania, 1 year ago
      Thank you for the nice comments, I really appreciate it.
    5. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 1 year ago
      What a dream to have artistic silversmiths in ones family! It must be heavenly. I so enjoy seeing your fantastic posts!

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