Ellen Quandelacy (1924-2002)
as both a fetish carver and a jeweler, Ellen Quandelacy learned
to carve from her father, Johnny Quam. Her sister, Annie Gasper
Quam, was a well-known jeweler. Ellen had four daughters (Albenita,
Faye, Sandra and Georgiann) and six sons (Andres, Avery, Barlow,
Dickie, Wilmer, and Stewart), most of whom are carvers or jewelers
Perhaps best known for her channel inlay work, Ellen originated
the double hummingbird inlay design that is still used by her children.
She made jewelry with her husband Dixie Quandelacy (1908-1979) for
many years. Later turning to carving, she became known for horse
fetishes carved in the old style.
Ellen and her children are credited with numerous innovations in
fetish carving. Among them is the "grandmother" fetish
necklace, a necklace that includes fetishes carved by multiple family
members. At the urging of daughter Faye, Ellen and her sons and
daughters created the first one for her granddaughter Talia, each
contributing a fetish that represented their individual specialty.
This form of necklace has become a popular collector's item.
Ellen Quandelacy engraved or stamped her work with E. Q.
Silver and Blue Gem turquoise
3.75 in. long
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