Split Wire Cuff


Item Number: DR 1328
Tribal Affiliation: Navajo
Artist: Unknown and unsigned
Medium: Sterling silver
Age: Circa 1980s
Dimensions: 5 ¼” plus a gap of 1 ¼” for a total of 6 ½”



The bracelet has five bands that expand from a smooth shank. The center band runs straight, and the remaining bands are set symmetrically from the center.

White Hogan, a trading post established in the mid-1800s in Scottsdale Arizona, was known for this very contemporary split shank design.  The split shank band is made of one strip of sterling silver whose mid-section has been sliced lengthwise into the desired number of bands so that the bands are open in the center.  Part of the sides and the terminal ends of the bracelet are left solid. The splits were originally made by hand with a saw or a cold chisel and a hammer. They are still done that way today, but in some cases the splits are made using a hydraulic drop cutter, as is the case with this one.

Split shank cuffs are open and airy making for comfortable summer wearing. The open spaces allow for ventilation, thus making the bracelets more comfortable to wear in hot and humid weather.

Condition: Excellent – original condition

Provenance: Acquired from a collector in Arizona

Additional information

Weight 4 oz