Vintage Turquoise Thunderbird Watch Tips

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Old Watch Navajo Pawn Collection Sterling Silver
Vintage Turquoise Inlay Thunderbird
Watch Tips
HK Item #W281

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Authentic Vintage Native American watch tips sterling silver and  turquoise inlay thunderbird

Comes with Seiko timepiece shown here:

        • wind-up (winds and runs)
        • sweep second hand
        • calendar
        • waterproof
        • 17 jewels
        • it will be running when we ship it but it is vintage and carries no guarantee
Size

Comes with a complimetary expansion band. Indicate in the note section on the order page what size wrist you want it to fit. Otherwise we will send the band that's on it.

Tips are 1 1/8" x 7/8".

Material
sterling silver, Read about silver
turquoise, Read about stones
Hallmarks
none
Artist
unknown
Condition
Vintage, Pre-owned, turquoise inlay tight with some cracks; dark patina; see photos for wear and patina.

Authentic Vintage Native American watch tips sterling silver and  turquoise inlay thunderbird

Authentic Vintage Native American watch tips sterling silver and  turquoise inlay thunderbird

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.

Silver polishing cloths and anti tarnish bags

Questions or more details

Authentic Navajo Pawn Jewelry

Sterling Silver
Vintage Turquoise Inlay Thunderbird
Watch Tips

HK Item #W281

$225 (ONLY ONE SET AVAILABLE)

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Paula says - "You are buying two watch tips. The term Watch Tips refers to the two Native American made decorative panels that connect the timepiece to the expansion band.

"We include at no extra charge an expansion band and the new timepiece pictured here. (None of these are sterling silver nor Native American made). The timepiece will be running when it leaves here. We are selling you the tips only - the timepiece and band are included free of charge, we make no warranty on the timepiece or band. With that said, I have never had one of these watches fail me, but then I don't wear my watch in the shower or while doing dishes.

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

Authentic Vintage Native American watch tips sterling silver and  turquoise inlay thunderbird

Watch tips are 1 1/8" x 7/8".

Authentic Vintage Native American watch tips sterling silver and  turquoise inlay thunderbird

Band and Timepiece Replacement

If you want to replace the timepiece or the band but your local jeweler is not familiar with Native American jewelry, we can recommend an excellent shop that we use for all of our jewelry repairs. After purchase from us, you can send the watch to them for a new watch face, and a face lift - anything from a light cleaning to a full polishing. - Paula

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The gentleman who gathered these watch tips was an avid collector of Thunderbird and chip inlay.

Chip inlay is a method where cavities in jewelry are filled with a mixture of crushed stone, typically turquoise and coral, along with epoxy resin. The piece is then polished smooth after the resin has hardened. Navajo Tommy Singer is credited for first using chip inlay in Native American jewelry.

Peyote Bird, Water Bird or Thunderbird?

The Water Bird is a symbol of the renewal of life, rainy seasons, rivers, distant travel, distant vision & wisdom. It is often also referred to as the Peyote Bird because the Water Bird plays a significant part in the Native American Indian Church Peyote meetings and, in fact, since the early 1900's has been the symbol of the NAC.

The Peyote/Water Bird is not a Southwest tradition, but one of the Plains Indians. The Peyote Bird is connected with lightning, thunder and visions. Those who dream of the thunder beings will become Heyokas, those who do things backwards, upside down, or opposite. This is a Lakota way of being. It is part of the medicine of the Heyoka to remind us that we should not take ourselves too seriously - that's why Heyoka is often translated as the "sacred clown".

The Thunderbird is a cross-cultural symbol of the Southwest, Plains and Pacific Northwest tribes as well as in the non-Native world. Much is written about the origin of the symbol and its significance. It has been suggested by some that the symbol was borrowed by Native American artisans from medal dies from the white man. Others claim the Thunderbird has always lived in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. There, carved totem poles are often topped with a Thunderbird with outstretched wings. Looking at a Thunderbird, it is easy to see why it symbolizes power, strength and nobility.

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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Patina
A dark or colored film of oxidation that forms naturally on metal by 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 NOS.
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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