Lightning bolt and sterling hallmark on bracelet

Unfortunately, I don’t have a photo of the exact bracelet, but it looks like the one that’s attached.

On the inside it is marked with an impressed “lightning bolt” and word “sterling.”

Was hoping someone might know the maker.

If this is not the bracelet and the actual hallmark cannot be seen it is not likely you will get it identified. You can try looking at the 4 or 5 sections of Picto Marks at to see if you can match the lightning

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I found a somewhat similar piece online.They attribute Lightning bolt & *other marks to one Navajo artisan Tom Ahasteen, …

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Ooooo I found another mark, is this the one? No other info however… :frowning:


That is the same one! Thanks!

I don’t know the answer but question the authenticity. Check the name carefully, And check the seller who seems to have a number of new, no tags attributed to Tom Ahasteen with the same marks. What makes it interesting is the spelling of the last name!

Need to find a source to verify the name!!! This is from the Barton Wright book. My Hougart v4 doesn’t have Tom listed. It’s not unusual to change hallmarks at some point but until I could verify this is the case, I’d be careful…

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the pic above from ebay is from this site: all tribes.

I am not familiar with this name. An Apache German artist by the name of Marc Antia uses double lightning marks. He does this same style and is well known.

I very recently purchased a Marc Antia cuff without knowing anything about the artist. Can you tell me a bit more- curious if the double lightening bolts and his German heritage have a deeper meaning.

He has been selling jewelry for decades. Maybe he learned or has a very similar style to the Bill’s, Emerson and Nick. Not sure about the double lightning bolt meaning, but it does look cool.

First photo is a bracelet from my workshop, ca. 1990s. The bracelet in the next photo #2 is not. Signature on that one looks like T. Hasteen. No “A” in front of Hasteen. The word “Hasteen” by itself is a Navajo salutation of respect for a man, sort of like Sir, or Mister. Never seen the word alone used as a surname. Pretty unusual.

The floral bracelet Q-Tea posted looks like the patterns were enbossed with a press or a mill, rather than hand stamped.