Authentic Vintage Inlay Knifewing Bracelet

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Authentic Zuni Pawn JewelryVintage Sterling Silver
Split Shank Inlay Knifewing Bracelet
HK Item #BP253

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Authentic Vintage Native American Sterling Silver Zuni Split Shank Inlay Knifewing Bracelet

Condition
Vintage , Pre-owned, excellent, stones are tight with no cracks, chips, or scratches; band is smooth and symmetrical; see photos for patina
Materials
sterling silver, Read about silver
turquoise, mother of pearl, jet, orange spiny oyster, Read about stones
Size
7 1/4" total inside circumference and approximate wrist size. See diagram below.

1 7/8" tall at the front, 3/8" at the ends
Weight
43 grams
Hallmark
BAT on the back
MNY on the end
Artist
unknown

Authentic Vintage Native American Sterling Silver Zuni Split Shank Inlay Knifewing Bracelet

Split shank provides a wide area to attach the base and stone inlay.

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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. All items in our Vintage Shop have some patina, even .
Vintage
30 years or older.
NOS
New Old Stock. Made at least 20 years ago but never used.
Pre-owned
An item that has been used.

 

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Vintage Sterling Silver
Split Shank Inlay Knifewing Bracelet

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Paula says - "This vintage knifewing bracelet is in excellent condition and has beautiful stamping all the way to the ends. A real treasure.

"Are you wondering why this item is not described as Native American? You can find the answer by clicking here."

Authentic Vintage Native American Sterling Silver Zuni Split Shank Inlay Knifewing Bracelet

Authentic Vintage Native American Sterling Silver Zuni Split Shank Inlay Knifewing Bracelet

Authentic Vintage Native American Sterling Silver Zuni Split Shank Inlay Knifewing Bracelet

Fully stamped band.

Authentic Vintage Native American Sterling Silver Zuni Split Shank Inlay Knifewing Bracelet

We leave the natural patina on our pawn jewelry because many of our customers like the old "" appearance. If you'd like to clean up your silver jewerly, new or old, check out our handy silver cleaning and polishing cloth.

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Who is Knifewing?

Knifewing, also Knife Wing, is a half man - half eagle Zuni spirit or god with razor sharp feathers made of flint. He is the ultimate warrior.

Anthropologist Frank Hamilton Cushing, who lived with the Zunis from 1879-1884 described knifewing this way:

"This curious god is the hero of hundreds of folklore tales, the tutelary deity of several societies of Zuni. He is represented as possessing a human form, furnished with flint knife-feathered pinions, and tail. His dress consists of the conventional terraced cap (representative of his dwelling place among the clouds). His weapons are the Great Flint-Knife of War, the Bow of the Skies (the Rainbow), and the Arrow of Lightning. His guardians or warriors are the Great Mountain Lion of the North and that of the upper regions. He was doubtless the original War God of the Zunis."

Horace Iule (also known for his crosses) is credited with creating the first knifewing design in the late 1920s, cut and filed out of wrought silver. Afterwards, other Zuni, Navajo and Pueblo began producing knifewing designs. The knifewing became one of the first designs that the Zuni inlaid with stones.


Split Shank, Pretty Girl, and Wire Bracelets

All three of these types of bracelets split shank, pretty girl, and wire bracelets, are traditional Navajo and Zuni bracelet forms and all are open and airy making for comfortable summer wearing. The open spaces allow for ventilation, thus making the bracelets more comfortable to wear in hot and humid weather.
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NOTE: Items in our Vintage Shop are either USED or NEW. They might come from inheritances, estate sales, private collections, and store liquidations. Many items are brand new (NOS, New Old Stock) and in perfect condition while others may show tarnish, scratches and other signs of use. Major issues will be described in detail and shown in photos. Vintage Shop items are sold as described and are not returnable.
Why isn't this item called Native American?

The US Department of the Interior Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 and its recent Amendments require that items described as Native American or Indian be made by an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe. Furthermore, government regulations suggest that all attributions include the Native American Indian's name, tribe and federal tribal enrollment number. Because it is impossible to identify the artist for many vintage items, even if they are authentic Indian made items, we cannot and will not use the words Native American or Indian in association with such pieces.

Read about authenticity of Native American Indian jewelry.

 

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