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American Indian Southwest Jewelry


Fred Harvey Jewelry Era: 1920's to 1950's

"What Fred Harvey was able to accomplish from 1920's through the 1950's was never done before and has not been done since." Quote from Gerald Knowles in the book "Route 66 Chronicles". The Fred Harvey houses on the way west were notable establishments for rest and food. Herman Schweizer commissioned Navajo's to create new jewelry to sell at the Harvey House in Coolidge, Kansas. They were to use authentic "pawn" designs. This was the start of the Harvey House’s selling Indian jewelry, pottery and rugs. In the 1920's the western Harvey houses offered "The Indian Detour Tours" to show the tourist the world of the Southwest Indians. The Harvey House Indian Jewelry is a highly sought after collectable today. The earlier pieces are of coin silver and all hand done from the 20'sand 30's. Some of the 40's & 50's were marked Sterling and were from different shops & makers, like Silver Arrows, Maisels and Bell Trader, still all hand wrought. This jewelry is recognized by certain symbols on the outside, like eagles ( or Thunderbirds), arrows, Whirling logs, horse ( looks like dogs), feathers, cactus and snakes. Some has turquoise stones and some do not.


Fred Harvey Era: Bell Traders Thunderbird Sterling Turquoise Ring

This ring is the thunderbird, which is the symbol for the Sacred Bearer of Happiness. He has a small round turquoise cabochon in the middle. It is marked Sterling with the Old Bell Traders mark, the sign with a bell hanging from a post. It is a size 6 3/4. This is in wonderful condition and truly a colors piece of History.

Order Number: # rFHeag Price: $49.00

Old Fred Harvey Era: Silver Turquoise Oval Pin

This pin, I believe, is made of old hand hammered coin silver from the 1920’s. It was probably sold at the many Harvey houses across the country. It measures 2” wide and Ύ” tall at the tallest point (The stone). The crossed arrows mean Friendship and the other design is running water meaning Constant Life. The Turquoise is a greenish blue with slight brown matrix. This is in wonderful condition.

Order Number: # pFHesi Price: SOLD

Fred Harvey Jewelry Era: Sterling Bracelet with a Turquoise Round Stone

This is split shank, vintage Sterling Turquoise stone bangle from the Fred Harvey Era. This bracelet is 2 1/8" in diameter. The stone is banded or collet set and is a bluish green turquoise color with tiny lines of white & brown matrix (hardly noticeable). This bangle fits a 5” to a 6”wrist. It measures 6” around and 1 1/4” opening and is 3/4" at the widest spot. The endings or terminals have the Hogan, (permanent home)marks. There are also snakes and mountain ranges on each side. The bangle is probably circa late 20’s & 30’s. It has Sterling marked inside, but no other marks. It is in good condition, but does have a break in the back by the second shank. It could be soldered to be fixed, but it doesn’t hurt the wear ability or the look!

Order Number: # brSnb Price: $90.00

Nickel Silver Bell Traders 3 Shank South Western Bangle

This bracelet is 2 3/8" in diameter. It has no stones, but 3 shanks decorated with stampings of arrows and mountain ranges. This bangle fits a 6 ½” or 7” wrist. It measures 7” around and 1” opening and is 1 1/2" at the widest spot of the 3 shanks. The endings or terminals have stamped Thunderbirds, the Sacred Bearer of Happiness. The bangle is probably circa late 50’s & 60’s and has the Bell Traders later stamp, of the bell only. It is in great condition.

Order Number: # brNSbell Price: SOLD

Fred Harvey Jewelry Era: Maisel Sterling Bracelet with a Turquoise Oval Stone

This is a split top band set with a oval Turquoise stone bracelet. This bracelet is 2 1/4" in diameter. The stone is set sideways and a darker turquoise color with a few tiny blemishes and tiny lines of matrix. This bangle fits a 5” to a 5 3/4” wrist. It measures 5 1/8” around and 1 1/4” opening and is 7/8" at the widest spot. The endings or terminals have stamped arrows. There is also crossed arrows, arrowhead and Medicine Man's eye on each side. The bangle is probably circa late 20’s & 30’s. It has the Maisel Sterling mark inside. It is in great condition.

Order Number: # brFHSMa Price: $145.00

Copper Southwest Indian Design 4 Shank Bangle

This is a split 4 shank top band set Copper bangle bracelet. This bracelet is 2 1/2" in diameter. This bangle fits a 7” to 8” wrist. It measures 6” around (end to end) with 1 5/8” opening and is 1 1/2" at the widest spot, on top. The bangle is probably circa late 50’s & 60’s. It has no inside markings, but is made of copper. It is weighs 25 grams. It is in great condition.

Order Number: # brFH4s Price: SOLD

Fred Harvey Era Bell Traders Nickel Silver Cuff

This bracelet cuff has been worn and loved! It fits a 6 Ό” wrist to a 6 ½”. It is bent kind of funny, but it wears well. It has all the symbols that were popular on the bracelets made by the Fred Harvey Co. in the 20’s to 50’s. It is not sterling, but nickel silver and has the circle stamp of Bell Traders Co. Thunderbirds, arrows, morning stars, Hogan, mountain ranges and flower symbol are all incorporated. This is a great piece from the past!

Order Number: # brFHpl Price: $50.00

Fred Harvey Jewelry Era: Copper Stamped and Reposes Indian Bangle Bracelet

This bracelet has no stones, but is hand wrought and measures 3/8” at the wide. This bracelet is 2 1/4" in diameter. This bangle fits a 5 3/4” to a 6” wrist. It measures 5 1/4” around and 1 1/2” opening The endings or terminals have a stamped flower buds (looks like). There are also arrows with medicine man’s eye in between (warding off evil sprits), snakes jaws(for strength) and deer on each side. The middle has the Morning star a guidance symbol. The bangle is probably circa late 20’s & 40’s. It is in great condition. It is marked Copper by Bell with the old Bell Traders stamp.

Order Number: # brcbell Price: SOLD


More Southwest Indian Jewelry some signed and some not!

Navajo Silver Inlayed Cuff Bangle

This Bangle is beautiful! It fits a 6 Ό” wrist and is marked ML. According to Hallmarks of the south west by Wright, this is Marian Largo. She is Navajo,from New Mexico, who started in 1977 to work in jewelry. The bracelet is fairly “hefty” weighing 1.2 oz. or 35 grams. The inlay seems to be Mother of Pearl, turquoise, black onyx, red coral and something with a yellow shine. It’s made very well and it is in super condition!

Order Number: # brMLt Price $ 150.00

Navajo 3 Oval Turquoise Stones Bracelet

This bracelet has 3 turquoise oval stones that are from the American Beauty Mine. The largest turquoise stone measures 1 3/8” by 7/8” and the other side stones measure 1 1/8” by 2/3”. It is 6 3/4 ” around and has a 1 7/8” opening with 1 1/2” in width! The bracelet is silver and weighs. It is quite hefty and looks great when worn.

Order Number: # brNS3t Price: $455.00

Navajo Large Turquoise 2 Shank Bracelet

This bracelet measures 2 Ό” across. It is 6” around and has a 1” opening. The stone is 2 1/8” by 2”. It is greenish turquoise with a gold-ish brown matrix. The bracelet is silver and weighs. I was told the turquoise was from a mine in Nevada, but I’m no expert.

Order Number: # btBtS Price: $385.00


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