After the busy months of activity here at Wheelwright, I am pleased to resume the Case Trading Post’s “Manager’s Selections” by showcasing a small variety of work by the great Navajo stamp work and jewelry master Norbert Peshlakai. I have known Norbert for over 10 years, and I am honored and thrilled to have had the opportunity to carry his work over the past few years. This spring, he was one of our jewelry demonstrators at the grand opening of the museum’s new Center for the Study of Southwestern Jewelry. Norbert, originally from Crystal, New Mexico, began silversmithing in the early 1970s. Over the past 40 years, his charm and precision show in each piece he has created. Known for introducing stamped silver seed pots, Norbert remains passionate about jewelry. Whether it’s a fancy buckle, whimsical pendant, or simple ring, Norbert’s work truly speaks and shows “Norbert”. I’ve also included two framed sketches by Norbert, circa 1980s. These charming pieces, more rare to the market, show his artistic skill — these sketches sometimes evolve into jewelry pieces. Please enjoy this fun group of items and add a piece (or two) to your collection!

Warm Holiday wishes,

Ken Williams
Manager, Case Trading Post



Norbert Peshlakai. Photo from my visit to Norbert's studio this summer.

Norbert Peshlakai. Photo from my visit to Norbert’s studio this spring. — Ken

Several of Norbert Peshlakai's stamps at his studio.

Several of Norbert Peshlakai’s stamps at his studio. Photo: Ken Williams.


Ken observing Norbert Peshlakai during the artist demonstrations at the opening of the museum's new jewelry wing.

Ken observing Norbert Peshlakai during the artist demonstrations at the opening of the museum’s new jewelry wing, June 6-7, 2015.


Norbert’s demonstration table.


Paper templates.


Norbert’s sketchbook.

Norbert's sketches.

Norbert’s sketches.



Available Now at the Case Trading Post:


“Up Stream” Stamped Silver Earrings


“Track” Silver Stamped Earrings


“Spade” Silver Stamped Earrings


“8 Rabbits” Silver Pendant


“Fishes” Stamped Silver Bracelet


Rabbits Stamped Silver Bracelet


“Diamond Search Stamped Silver Bracelet with Coral


“Sunshine” Silver Cuff with Coral and Rutilated Quartz


“Curly Hair” Silver Pin with Coral

"Chief Look Twice" Pendant with Coral

“Chief Look Twice” Pendant with Coral


Silver Fish Pin


“Mountain Goat” Silver Seed Pot


“Hogan and Mesa” Pen and Ink Drawing


“Mimbres Rabbit” Pen and Ink Drawing