Vintage sterling silver and turquoise Navajo Fred Harvey era brooch pnvs896cs
Vintage sterling silver and turquoise Navajo Fred Harvey era brooch pn
Vintage 1940's Native American Navajo sterling silver and turquoise. Stamped STERLING. A round turquoise stone set in smooth bezel in the middle with decorative granulated border. Split bar with decorative stampings. Four applied silver beads on either side of the turquoise stone. Measures 2-1/4 x 1 5/8 inches. 9.2 grams. Very sturdy and in good condition.
This beautiful brooch is from the Fred Harvey Era, when Route 66 had been completed and tourists from the east were passing through the southwest. This type of bracelet sold at the Fred Harvey shops along the highway and popular tourist destinations. The Fred Harvey Company stocked its many hotel gift shops with Native American crafts which were extremely popular with tourists. A very popular item of course was Native-style jewelry. This brooch is a style that was popular in Fred Harvey stores.