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Sterling Silver Stamp Box
Paula says - "These used to be called stamp boxes as they were made for small size postage stamps printed back in the day. Now they are used more for aspirin.
"I've seen identical boxes that were and made by Navajo silversmith Elizabeth Whitman and stamped with her mark E.M.W. This box has no hallmark."
"Are you wondering why this item is not described as Native American? You can find the answer by clicking here."
A similar box in the above photo shows the type of sturdy hinges on this box and its scale compared to a dime.
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.
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.
Horsekeeping LLC - Definitions of Jewelry Age and Condition
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|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 Pawn Shop have some patina, even .|
|30 years or older.|
|New Old Stock. Made at least 20 years ago but never used.|
|An item that has been used.|