Fred Harvey Era Handmade Coin Silver and Turquoise Navajo Bracelet

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Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Bracelets
  • Origin: Diné of the Navajo Nation
  • Medium: Coin Silver and Turquoise
  • Size: 5-¼” end to end;
    ⅞” opening; ¾” wide
    Wrist Size: 6” aproximately
  • Item # C4357D
  • Price: $325.00

Alternate side view of this bracelet - showing stampwork designs.

A unique blue-green cabochon of turquoise is the centerpiece of this Fred Harvey Era Indian Handmade Coin Silver and Turquoise Navajo Bracelet. The round turquoise gemstone is set in a straight-edged bezel that rests on a split shank. The band is stamped with arrows and sun rays. When such bracelets were originally sold, the buyers would receive a pamphlet with the meanings of the stamps. The arrow symbolized protection and the sun's rays represented consistency. This was part of the marketing of the Fred Harvey Company.

The development of the Fred Harvey Indian Department and Museum is described by Kathleen Howard and Diana Pardue in Inventing the Southwest: The Fred Harvey Company and Native American Art,  “After Fred Harvey’s death, his son Ford took over the family-owned firm’s operations. Minnie Harvey Huckel, Fred Harvey’s daughter, proposed the idea of establishing a museum at The Alvarado Hotel in Albuquerque . . . Known as the Fred Harvey Indian Department, the museum collections and sales were initiated and overseen by J.F. Huckel (Minnie’s husband). Huckel managed the Indian Department until his death in 1936, working closely with the main buyer for the company, Herman Schweizer.”

It was Schweizer who was responsible for buying items for the museum and stocking the gift shops with jewelry. He demanded only the highest quality of goods, and was known to return entire inventories to reservation traders if the pieces he received did not meet his expectations. Schweizer advised the traders to have the jewelers create pieces that were lighter in weight and more delicate in design. He had them use stamps such as arrows and swastikas because that is what the tourists thought were Indian designs. 

It is stamped IH COIN SILVER,  meaning Indian Handmade which was commonly seen during that time period. This 1930s bracelet is a great example of the type of jewelry Schweizer encouraged silversmiths to make and that was sold at the gift shops along the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad. It is stamped IH COIN SILVER,  meaning Indian Handmade which was commonly seen during that time period. 


Condition: excellent condition. 

Provenance: from a collector in Albuquerque

Reference: Inventing the Southwest: The Fred Harvey Company and Native American Art by Kathleen Howard and Diana Pardue

Relative Links: Southwest Indian JewelryNavajo NationBracelets


HOW TO MEASURE YOUR WRIST FOR BRACELET SIZE

Measure your wrist with a flexible tape measurement or a strip of paper just below the wrist bone, where you would normally wear the bracelet.

Option: If you are using a plain strip of paper, mark your size with a pen or pencil then use a ruler to measure the length. That would be your wrist size.

Tip: Do you want a snug or loose fit? Well, that really will vary between everyone. If you are buying a delicate bracelet, we suggest doing a snug fit. Most other bracelets should have a comfort fit except when buying large or thick cuffs or bangles. It's best to buy large bracelets with a loose fit so you don't feel like you are suffocating your wrist, or it will be worn over clothing.

 

 

Fitting Style Add inch(es) to wrist size
Snug Fit Add 1/4" to 1/2"
Comfort Fit Add 3/4" to 1"
Loose Fit Add 1 1/4"
Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Bracelets
  • Origin: Diné of the Navajo Nation
  • Medium: Coin Silver and Turquoise
  • Size: 5-¼” end to end;
    ⅞” opening; ¾” wide
    Wrist Size: 6” aproximately
  • Item # C4357D
  • Price: $325.00

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