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Fred Harvey Style Bracelet with Appliqued Indian Heads

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  • Category: Bracelets
  • Origin: Diné - Navajo Nation
  • Medium: Sterling Silver, Turquoise
  • Size: 5-½” end to end; 1” opening; 1-⅛”wide
  • Item # C4069F
  • Price: $650.00

The Fred Harvey gift shops sold a variety of different styles and quality of souvenirs. This particular bracelet falls on the high end of what was offered because of its fine craftsmanship and quality materials.

A very skilled unknown artist stamped this bracelet with motifs that tourists thought represented the Southwest—arrows, eagles, feathers and stoic silhouettes of Native American Chiefs. The focal point of the bracelet is the centerpiece of green turquoise. The stone is framed with elaborate twisted wire and silver drops. On either side of the center cabochon are two appliqued busts of an Native American Chief. The edges of the bracelet are scalloped, giving the piece an elegant Victorian look. It was precisely made to market to the adventuring tourist, perhaps as a reminder of a long train trip on the Santa Fe Railroad. It is unsigned, but is stamped “sterling.” It dates from the 1940s to 1950s.


Condition: The Fred Harvey Style Bracelet with Appliqued Indian Heads is in very good condition.

Provenance: From a collection in Colorado

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

Alternate View of this Bracelet.
  • Category: Bracelets
  • Origin: Diné - Navajo Nation
  • Medium: Sterling Silver, Turquoise
  • Size: 5-½” end to end; 1” opening; 1-⅛”wide
  • Item # C4069F
  • Price: $650.00

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