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Original Fred Harvey Company Style Ring with Arrows [R]

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Artist Unknown
  • Category: Jewelry Rings
  • Origin: Diné - Navajo Nation
  • Medium: sterling silver, turquoise
  • Size:
    Ring Size: 5-1/2”;br />Face: ¾” x 5/8”
  • Item # C3864.39
  • Price No Longer Available

The Fred Harvey Company built hotels along the rail line from the mid-West to the California coast from the late 1800s when trains were traveling daily from Kansas to California and return.  In many of these hotels, particularly at the Alvarado Hotel in Albuquerque, the Company had gift shops featuring arts and crafts of Native American tribes.  Jewelry made by native craftsmen were particularly popular with train travelers.  Jewelry with silver and turquoise was not known outside the Southwest so it made a particularly unique souvenir to take back home. 

Particularly popular were jewelry items with Indian symbols, or what were perceived by tourists as Indian symbols.The Fred Harvey Company hired Native smiths to make jewelry for sale in the Harvey Hotels.  The Fred Harvey Company provided the materials and the Indian smiths provided the labor.  Particularly popular were jewelry items with Indian symbols, or what were perceived by tourists as Indian symbols.

Bracelets, rings, pins, pendants and other wearable jewelry was filled with such symbols stamped into the silver.  This ring has large arrows stamped on each side of the band, in typical fashion of Fred Harvey jewelry.

 

Condition: excellent

Provenance: from the collection of a family from Santa Fe

Recommended Reading: North American Indian Jewelry and Adornment: From Prehistory to the Present by Lois Dubin

Artist Unknown
  • Category: Jewelry Rings
  • Origin: Diné - Navajo Nation
  • Medium: sterling silver, turquoise
  • Size:
    Ring Size: 5-1/2”;br />Face: ¾” x 5/8”
  • Item # C3864.39
  • Price No Longer Available

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