Vintage Cheyenne Ben Nighthorse Watch Cuff Damele Turquoise Sterling Silver

  • Tribe: Cheyenne
  • Condition: Excellent vintage condition. No damage.
  • Size: 1-5/8" Wide; 5-3/4" End to End Plus 1-1/4" Opening.
  • Artisan: U. S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell
  • Materials: Damele Turquoise, Red Coral, and Sterling Silver
  • Item Weight: 137 Grams / over 4-7/8 Ounces
  • Hallmark: "NIGHTHORSE" and a morning star symbol


Northern Cheyenne, artist, Ben Nighthorse Campbell handmade this fantastic Natural Damele turquoise, red coral, and Sterling silver watch cuff. Campbell, who is known for regularly reinventing himself as an artist, shows exceptional skill with creation of this unique cuff. Large pieces of Damele turquoise form a stone-on-stone mosaic are set in a very thick smooth bezel. He uses small pieces of red coral as a counterpoint, enhancing the natural beauty of the turquoise. Animal imagery evoked by an ingenious use of negative space decorates the interior of the heavy shank.. The watch is secured in place by hand stamped silver leaves. The edges of the shank are decorated with thick twisted wire. BEN NIGHTHORSE CAMPBELL (1933 -- ; NORTHERN CHEYENNE.) Campbell tells of learning to make jewelry from his father and flattening silver dollars on train tracks for the materials. He also used techniques learned from sword makers in Japan and other non-traditional techniques to win over 200 national and international awards for jewelry design under the name, "Ben Nighthorse" and was included in a feature article in the late 1970s in 'Arizona Highways' magazine about Native artists experimenting in the 'new look' of Indian jewelry. Campbell has works on display with the Art of the Olympians organization. Campbell is a two term United States Senator from Colorado. A judo champion, he won a Gold Medal at the Pan-American Games in 1963 Pan-American Games. In 1964, Campbell competed in judo at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. He is an Air Force Veteran who used his G.I. Bill to attend San Jose State University, where he graduated in 1957 with a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education and Fine Arts. Campbell also serves as one of forty-four members of the Council of Chiefs of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Tribe.