Blake Lesansee and Velma Lesansee

Husband-and-wife team Blake and Velma Lesansee started working together in the mid-1950s. Known for their inlaid owl design in necklaces, bracelets, key rings, money clips, watch tips, and pins, they engrave their names on the back of their work. Their daughter Corraine works with her husband Bobby Shack.

Blake and Velma Lesansee (Zuni)
Cufflinks
Turquoise, silver, shell, jet coral
n.d.
.856 in. x 1 in.
KMA 89.016.1059 A & B
 
Links:
http://www.pueblodirect.com/oldpawnnecklaces.html
http://cgi.ebay.com/Antique-Zuni-INDIAN-inlaid-SQUASH-BLOSSOM-necklace-owls_W0QQitemZ150015007157QQcmdZViewItem
http://www.thelushlifeantiques.com/items/189015/item189015store.html

Sources:
Bassman, Theda. Zuni Jewelry. West Chester, PA: Schiffer Publishing Co., 1992, p. 25.
Bell, Ed and Barbara. Zuni: The Art and the People Vol.3. Dallas, TX: Taylor Publishing Company, 1977, p. 4-5.
Wright, Barton. Hallmarks of the Southwest. Atglen, Pa.: Shiffer Publishing Ltd., 2000, p. 102-103.