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JEWELRY

I try to be as accurate as I can on dates for vintage jewelry and I try on err on the conservative side, but please don't ask me if an item is "old" or if I have any more "old" jewelry as it is all relative. To me "old" is probably 1940s if not earlier. For my grandson its anything pre-2002 (when he was born).

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Though at first inspection it appears to be much older, this fine bracelet set with natural spiderweb turquoise was made about 40 years (1970s). Just over 1.5 inches wide it fits a medium+ wrist. $1200.

oldbracelet

A nice bracelet that could date as early as 1900-1920 but I suspect it is 1920-1930s.

(Tucson)

oldcuff

Cluster bracelet, probably from the 1940s and set with natural turquoise from Nevada. $875 (Tucson)

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Just about the earliest watch bracelet I've ever seen. Dates to the 1930s. (Santa Fe)

Morencicuff
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Made about 40 years ago, this cuff is set with a very nice piece of natural tuqruoise from the Morenci Mine in Arizona. (Tucson)

JuanCalabaza

A classic plain silver squash blossom necklace of heavyweight handmade beads and a sandcast nazha. Made and hallmarked by Jimmie and Frances Coan (d) of Blackhat, New Mexico. Made about 1970 - about when they first started signing their work. 27.5 inches long. $1275. (Santa Fe)

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A nice coral and natural turquoise bola tie made by Juan Calabaza an old time silversmith from Zuni who passed away many years ago. (Tucson)

A terrific belt buckle by the late, great Tommy Singer. 3.5 by 3 inches and set with natural spiderweb turquoise. Made for a 1 1/4 inch belt. $875. (Tucson)

marvinbelta

A classic old Navajo concha belt bought out of dead pawn in 1954 and owned by the actor Lee Marvin. Written provenance from Pamela Marvin. The buckle is earlier than the rest of the belt as it was made from hammered ingot. The buckle measures 2 5/8 by 3 5/8 inches. The tag indicates that it was pawned by one Charlie Dixon, June 27, 1953 for $37 or $39. The conchas measure 2.25 by 3 inches. The butterfly spacers are 5/8 by 7/8 inches. $3600. 7 conchas, 8 butterfly spacers and buckle. (Santa Fe)

collartabs
oldpins

CA 1940-50, this pin is 2 3/8 by 1 5/8 and set with a nice piece of turquoise. $185.

Silver collar tabs like this have been a feature of the collars of the velveteen blouses worn by Navajo women for generations. They are still being made This particular pair dates to the 1960s. (Tucson)

oldtrio

A trio of nice older bracelets. The one at center measures 5/8 inch across at the widest point (the turquoise). Made of hammered ingot it probably dates to the 1920s or so. $675

The bracelet at left with the delicate notching is just over 3/8 inch wide and $165.

The bracelet at right is the same width and $145.

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Wonderful provenance on this Zuni squash blossom necklace with matching earrings (the bracelet was kept by the heir).

It was purchased 4/2/1976 from the Popovi Da Studio in San Ildefonso Pueblo. (He was a son of famed potter Maria Martinez). The receipt is signed by Anita Martinez, one of Maria's granddaughters. $2200. (Santa Fe)

Rainbowdancers

A Zuni Rainbow dancer pin from around 1950-mid 1960s. 3 inches high and $800. (Santa Fe)