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Blake & Velma Lesansee, Zuni
Vintage Inlay Owls Bracelet
HK Item #BP493
- size 6"

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Vintage Sterling Silver and stone Inlay Owls Bracelet 6 inch

6" total inside circumference (including 3/4" gap) and approximate wrist size. See diagram below;

1 1/4" tall at the front, 3/8" at ends
29 grams
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Blake & Velma Lesansee, Zuni

Blake Lesansee and his wife Velma began working together in the 1950s. They are well known for their inlaid owl design in necklaces, bracelets, earrings and pins. Their work is featured in the from 1977 book, Zuni The Art and The People, Vol 3.

vintage, pre-owned, stone inlay firmly set with three small, tight hairline cracks in mother of pearl; dark patina

Vintage Sterling Silver and stone Inlay Owls Bracelet 6 inch

We leave the natural patina on our vintage jewelry because many of our customers like the old "vintage" appearance.

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Vintage Jewelry

Blake & Velma Lesansee, Zuni
Sterling Silver and stone
Vintage Inlay Owls Bracelet

BP493 - $125 plus s/h

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Paula says - "Although this bracelet has no hallmark, a very knowledgeable friend told me that it was made by Blake & Velma Lesansee from Zuni, NM who started making inlay jewelry in the 1950s."

Vintage Sterling Silver and stone Inlay Owls Bracelet 6 inch

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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 2 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.

Native American Inlay Owl Symbolism

Owl is a night bird with a large head and large eyes. Owl's eyes cannot move in their sockets but its head can rotate up to 270 degrees. With exceptional vision, acute hearing, silent flight, Owl is a stealthy and effective hunter. Native Americans attribute Owl with wisdom and sacred knowledge and call upon Owl medicine to help them see through deception, external appearances and illusion and to discover hidden truths. Plains Indians wear owl feathers to protect against evil spirits.

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 (, 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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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.
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