Navaho Silver and Turquoise Bracelet (Roy Vandever)
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Directory: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Ethnic: Native American: Pre 1970: Item # 786485
PO Box 480
Bonsall, California 92003
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This silver and turquoise bracelet measures 2 3/4 by 2 by 7/8 inches (the interior measurement is 2 1/4 by 1 1/2 inches).
It is set with 5 old round to oval turquoise gemstones of excellent color. It is unmarked, but we guarantee this to be a solid silver bracelet of .900-.925 quality.
It is a custom piece and has "By Roy Vandever" and the monogram "RV" engraved on the reverse. This Navajo silversmith is listed briefly in Barton Wright's book Hallmarks of the Southwest. Reportedly Vandever is from the Prewitt, New Mexico region and his initials (RV) are printed with the two letters wedged together in Gothic print.
We estimate it to date from the middle to late 20th Century.
This is a substantial bracelet and although relatively small, it weighs about 70 grams.