Native American Navajo Turtle Fetish Carving

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Cryer Creek CollectionHK Item #F347
"Old Red One"
Pipestone Turtle Fetish Carving

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Pipestone Turtle Fetish carving

Materials
pipestone, Read about stones
Length
3 1/2"
Width
2 3/4"
Height
3/4"
Hallmarks
inscribed: Setting Star
Artist
unknown
Condition
Pre-owned, one foot chipped

About Native American authenticity.

Pipestone Turtle Fetish carving

Pipestone Turtle Fetish carving

"Old Red One"
Pipestone Turtle Fetish Carving

F347 - $72 plus s/h
(ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)

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Paula says - ""This turtle fetish from the Cryer Creek Collection was purchased by the former owner somewhere between 1950 and 2010 - it is of undetermined age. All the information we have is listed here."

Pipestone Turtle Fetish carving

Pipestone Turtle Fetish carving

One foot is chipped.

Pipestone Turtle Fetish carving

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What is a Fetish?

A fetish is a rock carving of an animal that captures the spirit and the essence of the animal, not necessarily its exact detailed conformation. Read more about fetishes.

Turtle - Nurturer, Protector, Mother Energy, Mother Earth. Turtle's medicine includes connection with Great Spirit, journeys of discovery, patience, feminine strength, power to heal female diseases, inspiration, protecting oneself and others, self-reliance, and tenacity, longevity.

Pipestone, also known as catlinite, is a form of clay called argillite with a high iron content that colors it a deep red to pale orange. Pipestone was discovered in southwestern Minnesota by the Sioux Indians, who consider it a sacred material and use it to carve pipes and other ceremonial objects. It is easy to carve because of its lack of quartz. Read about stones

Cryer Creek Collection Cryer Creek Collection

The jewelry and artifacts in this collection were gathered by a man born in 1933 and who has been collecting for over 60 years. He has a great love of Native American people, their culture and customs and their art. Living and working most of his life in Texas, he has been particularly drawn to Lakota, Comanche, Apache, Pueblo, Navajo and Zuni pieces. We will be listing items from his collection over the next year, so keep an eye on the Newly Listed Items page.

Horsekeeping LLC - Definitions of Jewelry Age and Condition
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Patina
A dark or colored film of oxidation that forms naturally on metal exposure to air and other elements. It is often valued for its aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Vintage
30 years or older.
NOS
New Old Stock. Retail store inventory from at least 10 years ago.
Pre-owned
An item that has been used.

Our Rescue Mission

We are in the vintage Native American jewelry rescue business and are passionate about finding new homes for used and vintage jewelry and artifacts. That's why we purchase Native American pieces from estates, inheritances, collection downsizing and New Old Stock (NOS) inventory from closed stores.

Often people contact us after taking a box of Native American jewelry to their local pawn shop and find that a pawn shop is mainly interested in melt value of the metals and not in preserving the beautiful historic pieces. To hear that people have considered selling these treasures for melt value makes us truly sad.

Melt value is usually far below what we would offer for the jewelry. Yet we can't pay retail price for items because of the time and cost involved in finding new homes for them. We have to research, often repair and restore the jewelry, photograph and list each item on our website, and sometimes hold pieces in inventory for years until the right buyer comes along.

We hope you'll find something special in our vintage shop that will complete yet another circle of our jewelry re-homing mission.

 

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