While out West my eyes must have trod over hundreds, maybe thousands of old Harvey bracelets and adornments. I wrote this post a while back about the history of Mr. Fred Harvey and his influence on the Navajo jewelry and turquoise trade, why his pieces are so abundant and so wearable, and, so, won’t go into it here. I love these pieces because of the intricate silver work, and the Navajo spirit inlaid in each little carving.
The Native Americans believe the thunderbird to be the bearer of unlimited happiness. This pin is interesting because of its raised wings, which give the piece dimension. Usually a pin will lie flat.
Early Harvey bracelet, 1920’s
Sun rays (emanated out from turquoise stones) symbolize constancy. The single arrow symbolizes protection, and the running water (markings at bracelet terminals) means constant life.
WARNING! Insane nab!
I’ve had this cuff a while now but this is it’s first appearance on ISV. I saw a similar one at a trading post in Arizona for some absurd sum of money that wreaked emotional havoc on my mortal wallet. I pulled it together and walked away. Back to New York, I nabbed this one on eebz for an equally absurd undervalued price.
From left to right: rattlesnake jaw design (outer rim of bracelet) symbolizes strength. Mountain ranges (squiggles above/beneath rattler jaws) for abundance. The line of suns between the rattler terminals symbolizes the passage of time. Water houses (small, on either side of the thunderbird) symbolize life.
Broken arrows meaning peace. Warding arrows (arrows facing one another, at cuff terminals) to ward off evil spirits.
Late 20’s or 30’s bracelet
Left to right: tiny crossed arrows for friendship. Suns (out edges) for the passing of time. Arrow heads, facing in either direction away from one another, for alertness. Single arrow for protection. Bear tracks, a good omen.
Love what you plunder.