From a Phoenix estate some years ago and a remembrance of some visit to Northern Arizona (or perhaps discovered in one of the long gone "Indian arts" shops right there in the Valley of the Sun) is this stunning I believe 1930's or so Navajo split shank bracelet, the silver with obvious signs of its ingot origins and with a large oval petrified wood set - construction features fully indicative of a skilled tribal making in those times. The agatized wood is likely Arizona material, and shows distinct graining or "rings". The aesthetic superiority of this particular stone is a "perk" here and the crenelated " sunburst" silver framing of the front plate certainly doesn't hurt. Highly attractive repousse silver embellishments flank the stone - these are also dapped from ingot metal and crafted like old manta ornaments.
Ultra bold old style stamp work adds to the visual charisma and that distinctly vintage look. The use of petrified wood might include this within a broad spectrum of so called Fred Harvey Southwestern jewelry crafted specifically for visitors.That said, the offered bracelet is heads above any typical example within that genre. One other thing - while most of these so called "split shank" bracelets have sawn openings, this one was actually chisel split in the correct traditional manner. Weight is very good for the form at about 59.4 grams on my portable digital scale - that's about twice the typical Fred Harvey bracelet.
Condition is quite good though not absolutely perfect with an aura of real age to the silver surfaces as seen in the pics. The petrified wood is exceedingly well preserved. There is an an ancient stress break at one end of the central chisel split bar and related signs of stress to that bar only at the other end of the split; whatever its cause this mention is both visually unobtrusive and stable - the front plate firmly held by the two unaffected outboard bars and bracelet being worn just so in the long ago.A look at those pics should give a good idea of appearance and condition - for those who know, a great old Southwestern bracelet. Inner circumference is about 5 5/8 in. Plus the 1 1/8 in. The oval front plate is About 2 in.
(vertical) and 1 5/8 in. If you prefer earlier 20th century Navajo and Pueblo silver adornment and especially Fred Harvey era examples from a more spectacular road less travelled, or simply wish a single immediate improvement to the ambiance of each day, this will have great meaning for you. THIS IS LISTED AS U. The item "NAVAJO PETRIFIED WOOD INGOT SILVER BRACELET 59.4 GMS FRED HARVEY TUCSON ESTATE" is in sale since Sunday, May 21, 2017. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Native American\ US\1800-1934\Jewelry".The seller is "pooterpee" and is located in Tucson, Arizona. This item can be shipped to United States.