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FRED HARVEY ERA CERRILLOS TURQUOISE BRACELET
FRED HARVEY ERA CERRILLOS TURQUOISE BRACELET
 
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Artist: Unknown

Circa: 1930's

Provenance: Private collection
Our Price: $375.00

Availability: Usually Ships in 2 to 3 Business Days
Product Code: CCCHB
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This is a particularly fine bracelet from the early days of the Santa Fe Railroad, Fred Harvey Hotel and Trading Post period. Made in the 1930’s to be sold to travelers on the new highway or rail system running through the Southwest. Shops that produced multiple pieces of the familiar heavily stamped design employed local Native American artists to complete the work. Each artisan was encouraged to use his or her own designs to create a large variety of stamps in which to choose from. I can’t express how remarkable this bracelet is; from the outstanding 11 deep green Cerrillos turquoise stones, to the artfully handcrafted Thunderbird appliqués, to the elegant stamping on the end terminals—this one has it all. There’s no artisan hallmark, but the slight irregularities in the stamping patterns and appliqué positioning, and even the stones being ever so slightly different in size, really speaks to it’s handcrafted nature. Fred Harvey era jewelry is widely collected as an antique jewelry genre valued for its Southwest look and historic context.

This lovely 1930's bracelet features 11 deep greenish Cerrillos turquoise stones. This piece is aged with a wonderful deep rainbowed patina. The overall integrity of the bracelet is excellent. The top width (stones & silver) is 1 5/16" wide tapering to 3/8" at the bottom terminals. The interior of the cuff measuring 5 3/4" with an opening gap of 1". Slightly adjustable.




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