Vintage Native American Indian Jewelry and Artifacts

Cryer Creek CollectionVintage Bears
a Ram and a Horse
HK Item #BBM65

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vintage fetish carvings group two bears a ram and a horse

Clockwise from large white bear:

  • marble blind bear 1 1/2" tall x 2 3/4" long
  • malachite bear, 2 1/4" long
  • pipestone one-eyed ram, 1 1/2" long
  • pipestone horse, 1 1/2" long

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    Vintage Fetish Carvings
    2 Bears, a Ram and a Horse

    BBM65 - $35 SOLD

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    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.

    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. A fetish represents relationship and unity. Read more about fetishes.

    Bear is considered the most powerful of all of the animals and is one of the most popular subjects of fetish carvers. Bear is a spiritual guide and represents strength and self-knowledge. He also has supernatural powers, great healing powers. Bear is a symbol deliberate action, introspection, soul and insight for the past and the future. The Bear is the guardian of the West an is one of the animals of the Six Directions.

    HORSE - The Horse Spirit inspires our dreams, awakens passion, carries us far and fast, and brings us close to our instinctual and authentic nature. Horse enables us to move beyond our limitations and run freely. Spirit or Medicine Horses were and are extremely helpful in guidance, healing, protection and ceremony. Horse represents wisdom, physical power and unearthly power. Horse enables healers to travel in Spirit energy, using Horse to help guide them to the answer. Horses are symbols that can express our magical side. Horses are also known as symbols of freedom and independence.

    RAM - Zunis got their first sheep from the Spaniards and sheep have since become a main source of negotiable wealth. Herds are kept on remote parts of the reservation. Herding is an all-year-round occupation and groups of men take turns watching the sheep. Sheep fetish carvings represent charity, patience, gentleness and riches.

    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

    What is the Bargain Barn?

    The items in the Bargain Barn are a mixed bag, new and used, some with materials, date and origin unknown.
    Some pieces might be Native American made but since we can't authenticate them,
    we've put them here rather than in our Vintage Shop.

    For vintage items visit our Vintage Shop.

    For new items visit our New Jewelry Store.

    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.
    30 years or older.
    New Old Stock. Retail store inventory from at least 10 years ago.
    An item that has been used.

    Our Rescue Mission
    Native American Indian Jewelry and Artifacts

    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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