New York, Park Avenue
5 December 1996
ENGRAVED SILVER BY CHARLES EDENSHAW FROM
THE COLLECTION OF JAMES AND MARILYN BERDSTROM
Charles Edenshaw was one of the most prolific silver engravers of the late-19th and early-20th centuries. Though the total number of his creations has thus far not been calculated there are many dozens of silver bracelets extant by his hand, as well as many silver spoons, a few silver brooches, and a relatively small number of gold bracelets. None of his works are signed in the Euro-American manner, but each can reveal the identity of their maker through certain aspects of their appearance. These aspects include the design, charateristic handling of the eyelid shapes and the manner of hollowing the eyesockets, the use of double-cut finelines in ground areas, and specific characteristics of the formline elements in general, such as the degree of rounding in the corners of U shapes and ovoids. No single characteristic defines his or any other artist's work. All related characteristics must be looked as a whole in attributing a carver's identity to a piece of work.
Steven C. Brown
Seattle Art Musem
Associate Curator for Native American Art
AN IMPORTANT HAIDA SILVER BRACELET
BY CHARLES EDENSHAW, CIRCA 1880-1910
Of curved band form, engraved with profile bird heads and related imagery
2¼in. (5.7cm.) diameter
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Holm, 1983, p. 124, no. 212
The Box of Daylight, Seattle Art Museum, September 15, 1983-January 8, 1984, no. 212
Brown (1996) writes: "'Split' raven heads, (joined at the rear of each head) with partial 'salmon-trout' wing joint and feathers. Two short edge cracks and solders from repair attempts on top edge, left side near center. Single clasp hook. Single-hatching in ground areas."
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