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"Old Pawn" Navajo Silver and Turquoise Cuff Bracelet

"Old Pawn" Navajo Silver and Turquoise Cuff Bracelet

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Directory: Estate Jewelry: Ethnic: Native American: Pre 1950: Item # 1301561

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Santa Fe, NM 87501-2626

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DESCRIPTION: A large, flamboyant, triple-band silver cuff bracelet set with four beautiful light blue turquoise cabochons between large flowing feathers and a silver bow. An unusual and especially fluid design, there is no maker's mark as is typical in old pawn pieces. Dating from the first half of the 20th C., this bracelet is in very good condition with no breaks or cracks to stones. DIMENSIONS: Inner circumference is 6.75" including wrist opening (adult medium size); feather and stone design is 3" high. Total weight is 78 grams.

ABOUT OLD PAWN JEWELRY: "Old Pawn" is a term referring to old Indian jewelry that was traded for credit or goods. Native Americans treasured their turquoise jewelry not only as a thing of adornment, but also as portable wealth. Not having ready access to banks or cash, these highly prized family pieces would often serve as the family reserve or "emergency fund." In times of need, this jewelry could be easily used as security with an authorized trader, pawned for cash to cover current necessities. Then, when the crops came in or the sheep were shorn, the turquoise jewelry could be redeemed with interest and take its rightful place back in the family. Unfortunately this jewelry could not always be redeemed as planned. The lender would keep it for the agreed amount of time, and if the loan were not paid by the agreed date, the jewelry became "dead pawn" and the trader would be authorized to sell it.