From a Tucson estate some years ago and a remembrance of some long ago visit to Northern Arizona (or perhaps "discovered" in one of the fabled downtown Indian arts shops right here in the Old Pueblo) is this 1930's or possibly earlier 1940's Navajo ingot silver bracelet, this one with a superb Arizona agatized petrified wood set and construction features fully indicative of a making in those times. This beauty has great visual charisma, wire loop and silver drop flanking of the petrified wood and skillfully accomplished old style stamp work to the band adding to the distinctly vintage look.
The split shank band was actually crafted from two separate ingots of silver, skillfully hammer forged to shape and joined at the center - this deliberate step was either related to supplies on hand or the quirk of a particular silversmith done to insure evenness of length for each side. Either way, it demonstrates artistry and can clearly be seen in the photos. The hammered ingot nature of the metal is shown by forging fissures and laminations clearly visible under that untouched toningeverything you would hope to see.
While the use of petrified wood may place this within the broad genre of so called Fred Harvey style, conceived as a more wearable alternative to traditional tribal jewelry, it is does not stray far from that mainstream period aesthetic. Weight is very good for the form at about 30.4 grams on my portable digital scale. For those who know, no more need be said.
Condition is quite fine with a nice aura of time to the well preserved surfaces as seen in the pics. The petrified wood stone has beautiful coloration and no problems - really nice. The bracelet appears to have been worn about briefly during the period, and then put away for a long, long time.
A look at the pics should give a good idea of appearance and conditiona beautiful bracelet of type that will look great worn about in Santa Fe or wherever you live. Inner circumference is about 5 3/4 in. Opening; about 1 1/4 in.
Wide (vertical) at the front. If you collect earlier 20th Century Southwestern tribal referenced silver adornment and especially Fred Harvey related examples as this, or simply wish this single noticeable improvement to the ambiance of each day, this will have great meaning for you. THIS IS LISTED AS U.
The item "1930'S NAVAJO FRED HARVEY PETRIFIED WOOD INGOT SILVER BRACELET TUCSON ESTATE" is in sale since Thursday, October 29, 2015. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Bracelets". The seller is "pooterpee" and is located in GREAT SOUTHWEST.
This item can be shipped to United States.