This antique Southwestern Fred Harvey era bracelet is circa 1910s to 1920s and features a highly polished stone of "Picture Jasper," which, like Petrified Wood, is formed when quartz-rich mud is fossilized. The colors that are here--primarily gray-to-black and a warm terracotta color. The colors come from unique layers of various minerals, the specific chemical environment (pH, moisture, temperature etc.) surrounding the mud (or wood, in the case of petrified wood), along with the factor of time. As in this case, a haunting scene has appeared, and so that's where the term "Picture Jasper" comes from, as it is like peering into a picture. "Fred Harvey Era" applies to the timeframe of 1900 to the mid 20th Century, during which the Fred Harvey Company popularized the Southwest and promoted travel to the Southwest. This was done by featuring Native American arts and culture in Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway calendars and publications. The company had a network of Fred Harvey Hotels, the gift shops of which were stocked with jewelry catering to the tourists. There are many trading posts and jewelry manufacturers that operated during this time--companies like Bell Trading--and their jewelry is also considered to be "Fred Harvey Era." These companies mostly employed Navajo and Zuni silversmiths to make the jewelry based on traditional designs. However, since they are not signed by Native Americans, we call them Southwestern style. This particular piece is classic Fred Harvey era, the silver shank worn over time such that on one side the stamps are softened by touch. The other side actually was banged against something over the years, and I would guess the person who owned the bracelet wore it daily and even while doing chores. Although it's banged up quite a bit, I don't see that so much as a flaw as I do a story, of a rugged woman in the West, much like my own grandma, wearing her jewelry, driving old trucks on the farm, cooking, baking, tending to animals and kids. Working hard every day. Just a fabulous old piece.
The widest point across the top is 1-3/8" wide, and taking a soft tape measure along the inside, the length is 5-1/4" plus a just over 1" gap or a total of just over 6-1/4". Weighs 37g. There is an old fix on this piece, on the underside. The way old bracelets would be fixed would be to solder a small sheet of silver over the weak or broken spot. We can tell the fix was done decades ago, as it softened into the original bracelet. I would not recommend trying to squeeze the bracelet tighter as doing so would compromise the shank and possibly cause it to break.
Uncommon and authentic piece of the Old Southwest!
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