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 Joanita Tsalate, Zuni - Sterling Silver
NOS Inlay Thunderbird Bracelet
HK Item #BP549
- size 5 1/4"

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Authentic Native American NOS Sterling Silver inlay Thunderbird bracelet size 5 1/4 by Zuni artist Joanita Tsalate

Size
5 1/4" total inside circumference (including 7/8" gap) and approximate wrist size. See diagram below;

1 1/4" at widest
Materials
turquoise, coral, mother of pearl, jet, Read about stones
sterling silver,
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Weight
16 grams
Hallmarks
inscribed: Joanita Tsalate Zuni NM
Artists
Joanita Tsalate, Zuni
Condition
NOS, vintage, excellent, new old stock; stone inlay firmly set with no chips, cracks or missing pieces; smooth symmetric shape; bright patina

Authentic Native American NOS Sterling Silver inlay Thunderbird bracelet size 5 1/4 by Zuni artist Joanita Tsalate

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

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Joanita Tsalate, Zuni
New Old Stock
NOS Inlay Thunderbird Bracelet

BP549 - $125 plus s/h
(ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)

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Paula says - "This piece is NOS (new old stock) that was made more than a decade ago but never sold - it is brand new vintage!"

Authentic Native American NOS Sterling Silver inlay Thunderbird bracelet size 5 1/4 by Zuni artist Joanita Tsalate

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Peyote Bird, Water Bird or Thunderbird?

Water Bird / Peyote Bird

A symbol of the renewal of life, rainy seasons, rivers, distant travel, distant vision & wisdom. It is often also referred to as the Peyote Bird because the Water Bird plays a significant part in the Native American Indian Church Peyote meetings and, in fact, since the early 1900's has been the symbol of the NAC.

Peyote/Water Bird is not a Southwest tradition, but one of the Plains Indians. The Peyote Bird is connected with lightning, thunder and visions. Those who dream of the thunder beings will become Heyokas, those who do things backwards, upside down, or opposite. This is a Lakota way of being. It is part of the medicine of the Heyoka to remind us that we should not take ourselves too seriously - that's why Heyoka is often translated as the "sacred clown".

Thunderbird

A cross-cultural symbol of the Southwest, Plains and Pacific Northwest tribes as well as in the non-Native world. Much is written about the origin of the symbol and its significance. It has been suggested by some that the symbol was borrowed by Native American artisans from medal dies from the white man. Others claim the Thunderbird has always lived in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. There, carved totem poles are often topped with a Thunderbird with outstretched wings. Looking at a Thunderbird, it is easy to see why it symbolizes power, strength and nobility.

Our Rescue Mission
of
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.

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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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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