This circa 1930s cuff bracelet is in some ways typical Fred Harvey Era yet in others it is unusual and stand-out for bracelets made in this collectible period. Yes, you'll look at it and immediately recognize characteristics of early Fred Harvey jewelry--that wide flat face and deeply incised stamping. Look a little more closely and you'll notice those stamps are of an unusual and whimsical pattern, somewhat folk artsy, reminiscent of Alexander Girard designs. The round stones are also special, all in a row, with frames around each one, and not traditional Navajo framing but more stylized with beading and large silver ball dividers. Suddenly you are hit with memories of Art Deco style, clean lines combined with craftsmanship. Those three turquoise stones are all round and somewhat domed and have an almost glass-like appearance, yet we see the bits of matrix rising to the surface. The color is what we've come to associate with the word "turquoise"--a teal blue that has creaminess and luminescence. The cuff size is both weighty and large; this could easily have been a men's cuff, but what I love is that even though it is vintage, this bracelet is NOT petite. On the underside we see the signs of early silverwork--handcut lines and filing along edges. Fred Harvey jewelry ran the gamut from tourist pieces with lightweight silver, ready for the throngs of folks coming to the Southwest. And then there were bracelets like this--heavy, high quality, presenting the influence of trends from the era in which it was made.
The cuff is just over 1" wide. Measuring end to end with a soft tape measure on the inside, it is just over 5-3/4" long with about a 1-1/4" gap, for a total interior length of just over 7". Weighs a substantial 81g. The stones are well seated and the silver has good patina.
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