Authentic Native American Hopi Indian Man in a Maze Necklace

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Native American pawn jewelryBenjamin Mansfield - Hopi Sterling Silver
Vintage Man in the Maze Collar
HK Item #N163

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  Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Hopi  Silver Man in a Maze Collar Necklace  

Size
Total circumference of the collar plus the chain is approximately 15 1/2"
Center piece is 1 7/8" tall by 1 3/4" wide
Side plates are 3" long
Section hinges are 1" long
Hallmarks
STERLING
Antelope head, which is the hallmark of Hopi silversmith Benjamin Mansfield
Weight
54 grams
Artist

Benjamin Mansfield, Hopi

Benjamin Mansfield, son of Vernon Mansfield, is of the Strap Clan, Shungopavi Village. He learned silversmithinhg at the Guild and has been producing since 1983.

The Guild refers to the Hopi Silvercraft Cooperative Guild, an organization formed in the 1940s which provided a place, tools and materials for Hopis to learn or hone their craft.

Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Hopi  Silver Man in a Maze Collar Necklace

Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Hopi  Silver Man in a Maze Collar Necklace

NOTE: Pawn items are USED items and may show tarnish, small scratches and other signs of use. Major issues will be described in detail.

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Benjamin Mansfield - Hopi Sterling Silver
Vintage Man in the Maze Collar

N163 - $650 SOLD

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Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Hopi  Silver Man in a Maze Collar Necklace

Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Hopi  Silver Man in a Maze Collar Necklace

Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Hopi  Silver Man in a Maze Collar Necklace

Center panel is a 1 7/8" tall x 1 1/4 wide".

Side panels are each 3" long.

We leave the natural patina on our pawn jewelry because many of our customers like the old "vintage" 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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Paula's Collection

Native American pawn jewelryDuring my early years, I accompanied my parents on trips every year, usually to Florida to escape the harsh midwest winters but also out west on summer road trips. During those trips, I accumulated the type of tourist grade Native American jewelry that a kid would buy and now, years later those items are referred to as being "Fred Harvey" style. Fred Harvey was an entrepreneur who created an avenue for Indians to make and sell jewelry to the tourists. Jewelry of the Fred Harvey era has typical Indian kitsch of arrows, tomahawks, tipis, thunderbirds and so on and was most produced from 1930 throughout the 1950s.

You can read more about Fred Harvey here.

From childhood through college and beyond, I had an eye for that type of jewelry and collected it, yet rarely wore it !! About the only jewelry I wore for years was a Swiss Army watch and my wedding band. My Mother, also a jewelry lover, gave me a few vintage Native American pieces she had picked up. That really got me interested in older pawn items.Yet I was a collector, not a wearer.

Then suddenly, about ten years ago I started wearing first one Native American item, then another and soon I felt incomplete if I didn't wear at least one bracelet and necklace or pendant. Now I wear rings, belt buckles, watches and all things Native American. My favorites include lapis lazuli items, water bird pendants, Hopi bracelets and pendants, anything with Man in the Maze on it, silver beads, heishi of all kinds, storyteller bracelets, rings of all kinds, all kinds of fetishes and more.

Once I started working here at Horsekeeping and they added Native American jewelry to the website, my personal collection quickly outgrew my jewelry box.....so much so that I had to make a rule. Maybe some of you have done this with the clothes or shoes or purses in your closet. For every new item I bring into my personal collection, I must trade out at least one item. I've been doing this for years and now have quite a box of items that I will list in my own section "Paula's Collection".

When I first began collecting Native American items, I didn't realize the importance of knowing the artist's name - if I liked something and wanted it, I bought it. But now with all of our personal contacts with artists, our reference library, and our interest in providing as much information as we can to our customers, we are all very interested in finding out the artist's name, relatives, and tribal affiliation. So I'll do my best to give you the most information I can on each piece.

I hope you enjoy browsing through our pawn shop - and Paula's Collection - it is a treasure trove of American History!

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