Fred Harvey-era Navajo Silver Cuff Bracelet Turquoise Black jet stones, C, 1930s. Interested in more than one item? Don't wait we sell more Vintage Fred Harvey Jewelry than any other Jewelry Because it is getting harder to find they quite making it 60+ years ago!
A wonderful example of a tourist-era Navajo bracelet made with an older-style sensibility, this attractive cuff has a beautiful, hand-cut, rectangular-shaped, central stone of Acoma black jet flanked by two blue-green turquoise cabochon stones with light brown matrix, likely from the Cerrillos mine near Santa Fe, New Mexico. There is wonderful, Fred Harvey style stampwork all over the silver using the typical designs of the period, chevrons, crescents, arrows and thunderbirds. The bracelet is ¾ wide throughout its length. The inner circumference is 5 1/8, the gap between terminals is 1 1/8 for a total interior circumference of 6 1/4.It weighs a comfortable 30.1 grams/1.06 ounces. A great-looking, extremely wearable piece from a fascinating and romantic period of Southwestern history, this bracelet was likely first acquired by a traveler on the Santa Fe railroad from a Fred Harvey Company trading post such as the Indian Room at Albuquerques Alvarado Hotel or The Hopi House at the Grand Canyon. As with Vintage Native American Pieces, some pieces may Exhibit Test Mark(s), Patina, Scratches, and Minor Dings from the Years in and out of Pawn Shops and Personal Collections. This Bracelet Truly Belongs in a Museum, but I'm giving Everyone the Opportunity to Add it to Their Collection... This is a Classic Fred Harvey PIECE FROM DAYS GONE BY. Fred Harvey, the Man, the Era, the Jewelry.
Fred Harvey lived during fascinating times and his story tells us much about US transportation, westward travel, railway restaurant cars and the early tourist trade. But what is curious about his legacy is that we Native American jewelry aficionados erroneously use his name to describe a particular type of Native American style tourist jewelry that he personally did not have much to do with and that actually exploded onto the scene after his death. 1876 Fred Harvey entered into a handshake agreement with restaurant operator Peter Cline who ran the eatery at the Topeka, Kansas railway depot to transform the lunchroom to better serve train passengers. After a radical makeover, he offered a 35 cent breakfast which included steak, eggs, hash browns, six wheat pancakes with maple syrup, apple pie and coffee all served in a clean and pleasant atmosphere. 1878 Fred Harvey signed a contract with the Santa Fe Railway (also known as the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe or AT&SF) to operate small restaurants (called tea rooms) at railroad depots along the railroads route.1880 and onward trading post owners (called traders) began carrying tools and supplies for the Native American production of spoons, buttons, squash blossom necklaces, and other jewelry items. 1885 Fred Harvey managed 17 lunchrooms, called Harvey Houses, along Santa Fes line. They were run by Harvey Girls, single, young waitresses in starched uniforms.
1888 Fred Harvey begins to operate dining cars on the Santa Fe Railway. He signed his last contract with the Santa Fe Railroad in 1899.Here is a sample menu from one of the Harvey dining cars. 1899 Fred Harvey Company (notably Indian Jewelry manager Herman Schweizer) supplied pre-cut turquoise and pre-measured silver pieces to traders for the manufacture of lightweight jewelry (aka railroad jewelry) to satisfy the demand of the railroad tourist trade. 1901 Fred Harvey died at age 65.
His son, Ford Harvey assumed control of the Fred Harvey Company. 1909 The Thunderbird design was copyrighted by Fred Harvey Co. Is the principal concessionaire in the newly established Grand Canyon National Park. 1923 Maisels Indian Trading Post opens in Albuquerque offering coin silver jewelry.
1932 Bell Trading Co began operation. 1935 Maisels merges with Bell Trading Co.And Bell converts to machine manufacturing remaining in business until 1972. Fred Harveys main goal as an entrepreneur was to provide good food and good service for railroad travelers. He was immensely successful at that and essentially developed Americas first chain restaurants Harvey House. One of the most popular tourist pieces was the split shank Pretty Girl bracelet. Even so, it continued to be produced until the mid 1940s or 1950s. Continued on until the 1970s. The authentic, sometimes called ethnographic, Native American jewelry was made before and during the tourist era and continues to be made today. Using heavier silver and stones, authentic Native American jewelry speaks volumes about its heritage and makers.
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The item "Fred Harvey-era Navajo Silver Cuff Bracelet Turquoise Black jet stones, C, 1930s" is in sale since Monday, May 16, 2016. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Bracelets". The seller is "elkcreektradingllc" and is located in Kykotsmovi Village, Arizona. This item can be shipped to United States.