Anyone heard of Bisbee Bob?

Someone on another forum mentioned Bisbee Bob, but didn’t know who he was. Someone else said he was Navajo, but not from Bisbee. A third person said he was an Anglo turquoise miner. Needless to say, I’m a little confused. Does anyone know who Bisbee Bob really is?

The above question was originally asked by a woman who has a ring stamped Bisbee Bob and wants to know about the maker. I don’t have a pic of the ring in question (it’s not mine) but it was a pretty, well made piece with a very pretty blue turquoise stone. I will pass on any info. about Bisbee Bob to the lady who owns the ring, I’m sure she’ll appreciate it.

Thanks again and best wishes,

Big Dog Lady

I did a google search for Bisbee Bob and came across several pieces with his hallmark. None of his pieces seemed to have anything to do with Bisbee, and all of them looked like Navajo silver work. I had never heard of this name before, but did look up the last name and we do have some Bobs in our database. Sorry I couldn’t be more help.

Hi Jason,

Thanks, that’s OK, I couldn’t find much either, except a few photos of jewelry items which do look NA made. I’ll pass this info. on to the lady with the ring, I’m sure she’ll appreciate it.

Best wishes,

BigDogLady

Some information from a man who wrote me on ebay…FYI you are a little off on your Bisbee Bob facts. Bob Matthews is the miner not the Jeweler. Bisbee Bob the jeweler was Robert Bradberry … His original shop was located in the Bisbee Grand Hotel. Later on he was located at two different addresses. He was convicted on drug chargers and served time. Later on he was arrested by the FBI who claimed he had illegally obtained Turquoise from the Lavender Pit mine. Turquois was seized from his shop. Charges were dropped but turquois was not returned. And that was the end of his days in Bisbee… You can verify this info on the net and with local newspaper archives. What I am not certain of is when he created the Anisazi Pottery pieces. I believe they were done in the mid to late 70’s. To my knowledge in the 60’s he was doing modern jewlery and Indian type jewlery. It was not until the 70’s that he started doing his signature pottery pieces. As to information on Him there use to be a website with Archival news in AZ. FYI he died in TX 2009

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Hi,

I’m probably a little late for this response but I grew up across the the street from Bisbee Bob and his sons. He’s a very storied character to say the least. He came out with his pottery line in the late 80’s. He was one of a kind and always had a hustle going on. As the previous poster pointed out, he has since passed.

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Yup, knew him quite well when I was a teenager back in the 70s. . . he was a regular white guy back but did indeed tell the world that he was Navajo to sell his jewelry. He hailed from an upscale family in upper New York. He taught me to make crappy jewelry and we would spend the weekend selling to the the tourists in Tombstone. My mom owned The Copper Queen Hotel and kept in touch with him for years until his death. He lived a very hard life. I still have the ring he presented to her when he asked for my hand in marriage (I was 15 and he was 30!!!). Most of the turquoise he used was Bisbee Blue so your friend should hang onto it. Bob was a hard core addict and my mom helped him to stay clean for long periods of time. He has 5 kids and died from a heart attack in early 2000s.

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So your mom was Marcia Hutchinson? If so it’s a small world. I worked at the Copper Queen Hotel for a while in the 70’s. Back when Bob had his spider monkey, do you remember that?

I have one of his old calling cards from 1980

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I also knew Bisbee Bob, Bob Bradbery… very well, he lived up in Tombstone Canyon. I lived there in the early 70’s and worked for Marcia and Steve Hutchinson at the Cooper Queen. My first tip from him was a bracelet. I have a couple of pieces of jewelry he made me and they are the rare Bisbee Blue. He did mine the Lavender Pit. He was a colorful man of many tapestries…he did have a turquoise front tooth, a cap that fit over his natural tooth. The squirrel monkey was Tanya Turquoise and was also usually dressed in a new born baby dress & her turquoise jewls. She had a huge enclosure on the outside of Bobs home where she greeted the school kids after school.

Bisbee Bob passed over in 2009 and was living in Texas at the time.

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I got ones of his rings

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I just happened to stumble onto this forum posts trying to find anything out about a ring with the guys name on the back call Bisbee Bob so I’m very happy to see that many of you on this posting actually know or knew or have heard of Garner in Bisbee Bob I am including a picture of the ring and the underside minutes are stamped busy Bob I’m wondering if anyone can tell me whether or not this is the very rare blue turquoise Bisby turquoise never seen turquoise this color before let me Know what you think.

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Welcome to the forum Crazyski69. That is a really striking blue color. I don’t get a good close up, maybe try uploading a bigger picture.

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Here is a bigger picture

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It’s not Bisbee. Looks like natural Morenci, and really beautiful natural Morenci at that!

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1972 had a 100 year old house on moon canyon drive in bisbee. married behind the house on laundry hill. reception was at the copper queen and we spent the nite. Wonderful banquet. That was my favorite place to have a cup of coffee and watch the world go by.


My friend David was a photographer and moved from tucson to bisbee and he took pic. I forget his last name I wonder if he is still living in bisbee?

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