Vintage NOS MOP Bird Necklace
HK Item #BBN107

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vintage NOS  mother of pearl bird necklace with dark shell chips and pearl beads

Materials
mother of pearl, shell, pearl beads, Read about stones;
sterling silver, Read about silver
Size
approx 20" long end to end;
large birds 1 1/4" long
Condition
vintage, NOS, excellent, new old stock; no broken or missing pieces
Hallmarks
none
Artist
unknown

vintage NOS  mother of pearl bird necklace with dark shell chips and pearl beads

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Paula says: "This necklace is NOS (New Old Stock), it has never been used but it is from the time period 1970s-1980s. Since we do not have specific provenance to attribute this necklace to a particular artist, we cannot legally sell it as Native American made. Enjoy a piece of history and be sure to read the story of the collection below!"

vintage NOS  mother of pearl bird necklace with dark shell chips and pearl beads

The large mother of pearl birds are approximately 1 1/4 inch long.

vintage NOS  mother of pearl bird necklace with dark shell chips and pearl beads

Sterling silver clasp.

vintage NOS  mother of pearl bird necklace with dark shell chips and pearl beads

vintage NOS  mother of pearl bird necklace with dark shell chips and pearl beads

vintage NOS  mother of pearl bird necklace with dark shell chips and pearl beads

The Clothing Store Collection

This collection is from the estate of a woman who owned and operated retail clothing stores in Pinetop and Show Low, Arizona from 1973 to the mid 1980s.

She ran the stores on a day to day basis and knew many of the Santo Domingo, Navajo and Zuni women who shopped in her stores. They would often bring in their hand-made jewelry to trade for clothing. She was glad to trade with the women and she sold their jewelry in her stores.

The store owner's heir, her son, said that since his mother knew the women personally, she never wrote down their names and he had no records of who made the jewelry items she took in on trade.

The work is beautifully done and the materials are excellent - perhaps you will recognize the work of one of your favorite collectible artists from the 1970s and 1980s.

What is an Animal Fetish?

Native American Jewelry and Fetish Carving BooksA fetish is a carving of an animal that captures the spirit and the essence of the animal, not necessarily its exact detailed conformation. Fetishes are carved from many types of stone, wood, antler, shell and other materials. Often the eyes and spots of adornment, called power spots, inset pieces of contrasting stones such as turquoise, jet and mother of pearl.
Read more about fetishes.

 

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.

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 exposure to air and other elements. It is often valued for its aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Vintage
30 years or older.
NOS
New Old Stock. Retail store inventory from at least 10 years ago.
Pre-owned
An item that has been used.

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.

Our Rescue Mission
of
Native American Indian Jewerly 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.

Items that are not Native American made or that we cannot verify as such go into our Bargain Barn where you can find some real treasures at low prices.

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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