Authentic Vintage Pretty Girl Turquoise Bracelet
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Vintage - Fred
BP268 - $150 plus
Paula says - "One turquoise cabochon set in a smooth bezel with hand-stamped designs to the ends. Made in the Fred Harvey era of Native American jewelry.
"A Pretty Girl bracelet is a lightweight split-shank Native American souvenir bracelet from the Fred Harvey era. The decorations added to a Pretty Girl bracelet were set on a platform and usually were a combination of hand made and cast elements such as medallions, buttons, braids, wire and raindrops. Read more . . .
"Are you wondering why this item is not described as Native American? You can find the answer by clicking here."
On the back you can see where the center portion of the solid shank was split into three bands to make a wide area for the decorative platform on the front.
Traditional hand stamping all around to the ends.
three of these types of bracelets – pretty girl, split shank, and wire bracelets,
are traditional Navajo and Zuni bracelet forms and all are open and airy making
for comfortable summer wearing. The open spaces allow for ventilation, thus making
the bracelets more comfortable to wear in hot and humid weather.
Fred Harvey Era
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. Read more about Fred Harvey here.
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.
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.