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Turkey Mountain Traders is owned and operated by the Begner family. We buy and sell high quality antique American Indian art and antique American Folk Art, and have been in the business for twenty-three years. Our Gallery is located in our home in beautiful Evergreen, Colorado, and we welcome visitors by appointment. We also participate in antique shows throughout the country, as well as all the major antique American Indian Art shows.

- Deborah, Steve and Diana Begner

Some of the things we buy and sell include:

  • Iroquois, MicMac and Maliseet beadwork, including beaded bags and whimseys
  • Navajo textiles, including Germantowns, pictorial rugs and blankets, saddle blankets, Chief's blankets, serapes, mantas and regional rugs from posts such as Teec Nos Pos and Ganado
  • Old Pawn jewelry by the Navajo, Zuni and Hopi, and pieces by Charles Loloma, Preston Monongye, Kenneth Begay, Allen and George Kee, Morris Robinson, Joe H. Quintana, Lewis Lomay, Frank Patania Sr., Frank Vacit, John Gordon Leak, Paul Saufkie Sr., Leo Poblano and Fred Peshlakai
  • Old Zuni fetishes by Leekya Deyuse and Teddy Weahkee
  • Southwest Indian paintings
  • Baskets from the Apache, Pima and Chemehuevi tribes
  • MicMac quillwork
  • American Folk Art, such as game boards, carvings and trade signs

We are full members of the Antique Tribal Arts Dealers Association (ATADA) and comply fully with its guidelines on authenticity and quality.

Jewelry Repair and Restringing

Sometimes, a great old piece needs a little bit of help. Maybe it has a cracked stone, or maybe the silver has developed a break. Or maybe it is just a matter of needing to resize a ring or reshape a favorite bracelet. At Turkey Mountain Traders, we have people on staff who can make simple fixes, and we have access to extremely skilled craftsmen who can return your old silver heirlooms to health and beauty. Some of the services we can provide include:

Necklace Restringing If you have a necklace that is an uncomfortable length for you, or needs more support in the back, we can restring just about any necklace to make it fit your needs (and neck). We can add a wrap to increase the length, or replace an old clasp, or remove broken and mismatched pieces.

Stone Replacement It is not uncommon for old pieces to have a cracked stone or two. If the piece needs a fix, we can have the turquoise replaced as near perfectly as possible, or sealed to maintain the existing stone. And if a stone is loose in its setting, we can have it reset securely and safely.

Ring and Bracelet Sizing Most old rings have been sized at one time or another, sometimes badly. Resizing to fit the owner's finger can be done cleanly without damaging the piece or its value. Bracelets can also be reshaped and resized to fit a particular wrist, so they will be comfortable to wear.

Earring Conversions Earrings with post backs are of little use to people without pierced ears, so we can have those converted for your use. And clip or screwback earrings can be converted to posts or hooks for those who do have pierced ears.

Inlay Repairs and Replacements Zuni inlay pieces can be prone to stone loss, but we can have the lost stones replaced and reset as good as new.

Other Basic Repairs If you have a pair of earrings that were polished too aggressively, or a bracelet that has developed a crack, just give us a call. We can address most repair issues quickly and inexpensively.

If you are in need of help with any of your old pieces, give us a call at (480) 423-8777 and we will be happy to give you a price and time estimate.

Contact Us

Thank you for your interest in Turkey Mountain Traders. If you are interested in being on our mailing list or are interested in a specific piece or type of piece, please let us know by phone, email or fax. Be sure to include your address, telephone number, and areas of interest.

Turkey Mountain Traders
PO Box 2049
Evergreen CO 80437
tel: 480-423-8777

To inquire further about a piece, click on the Inquire link after each listing. From here, you can send us an email message, to which we will respond promptly.

For immediate response, call us at the phone number listed above.

All sales through the internet come with a seven-day return policy. Please contact us with any questions. Sales are processed using PayPal either using a PayPal account or your credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express) without needing to have a PayPal account.

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