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Vintage NOS Bell Trading Post
Eagle Dancer Knifewing
Wide Solid Copper Bracelet
HK Item #CSB69

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Vintage Copper bas-relief kachina Bracelet Bell Trading Post 7 inch

Size

7" total inside circumference and approximate wrist size. This measurement includes the gap.

The gap is the distance between the ends. On this bracelet, the gap is 1 1/2" and that is part of the 7" total inside circumference.

Copper is soft and easy to shape so this bracelet can be adjusted larger or smaller by approximately 1/4". Adjustable - see how.

2" tall at middle to 1" at ends

Hallmarks
SOLID COPPER
Image of a bell
Artist
Bell Trading Post craftsman

Vintage Copper bas-relief kachina Bracelet Bell Trading Post 7 inch

Bracelet measurements

The Total Inside Circumference (total measurement around the inside) is also the approximate wrist size. This measurement includes the gap. The gap is the distance between the ends.

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Vintage NOS Bell Trading Post
Solid Copper Bas-relief
Eagle Dancer Knifewing Bracelet
CSB69 - Size 7 inch
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Paula says - "This bracelet is made using bas-relief, a sculptural technique where the subject is raised above the background."

Vintage Copper bas-relief kachina Bracelet Bell Trading Post 7 inch

Eagle Dance is in the center panel with a Knifewing in each side panel.

Vintage Copper bas-relief kachina Bracelet Bell Trading Post 7 inch

 

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Who is Knifewing?

Knifewing, also Knife Wing, is a half man - half eagle Zuni spirit or god with razor sharp feathers made of flint. He is the ultimate warrior.

Anthropologist Frank Hamilton Cushing, who lived with the Zunis from 1879-1884 described knifewing this way:

"This curious god is the hero of hundreds of folklore tales, the tutelary deity of several societies of Zuni. He is represented as possessing a human form, furnished with flint knife-feathered pinions, and tail. His dress consists of the conventional terraced cap (representative of his dwelling place among the clouds). His weapons are the Great Flint-Knife of War, the Bow of the Skies (the Rainbow), and the Arrow of Lightning. His guardians or warriors are the Great Mountain Lion of the North and that of the upper regions. He was doubtless the original War God of the Zunis."

Horace Iule (also known for his crosses) is credited with creating the first knifewing design in the late 1920s, cut and filed out of wrought silver. Afterwards, other Zuni, Navajo and Pueblo began producing knifewing designs. The knifewing became one of the first designs that the Zuni inlaid with stones.

About Copper - Copper is a pure elemental metal, CU on the periodic table. It is reddish brown and is soft enough so that it is malleable which means you can shape and bend it fairly easily. Copper oxidizes and darkens when it comes in contact with the air in the environment. There are many who swear by the health benefits of wearing copper (copper bracelet manufacturers) while others have the opposite viewpoint. Read more about copper . . .

About Bell Trading Post

Bell Trading Post was founded in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1932 by Jack Michelson and his wife Mildred. They sold sterling silver, nickel silver, gold and copper southwest style jewelry at various tourist locations in the United States. Bell Trading Post got its name from Jack's wife, whose maiden name was Bell. Their main competitor was The Maisel Company until Maisel's closed in 1968. In 1969, Bell Trading Post and partners became Sunbell, the name which was then used on the jewelry. Sunbell continued to offer jewelry items as well as giftware and moccasins until the late 1980s. Over the years numerous hallmarks were used on items sold by Bell Trading Post and Sunbell. The hallmarks typically included the image of a bell or that of an arrow sign post with a bell sign hanging from it. Shown here are just a few of Bell Trading Post's and Sunbell's hallmarks.

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According to trademark records the mark "Bell Jewelry" was first used in 1935, and the "Arrow post hanging bell sign" were first used in 1961. Read more about Bell Trading Post here.

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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.

 

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