Vintage Native American Dead Pawn SIGNED Silver and Turquoise Bracelet

Here is a gorgeous vintage Native American sand cast sterling silver and genuine natural turquoise cluster bracelet. While being a bracelet for a smaller sized wrist, it has substantial weight and feel. The sterling silver has a brushed finish rather than the typical shiny surface. There are eleven pieces of genuine natural turquoise, comprised of ten round "snake eyes" and one large ellipse, that is approximately an inch in length. The bracelet measures approximately one and one half (1 1/2) inches wide at the widest point of the cluster. The inner side of the bracelet measures approximately five and one quarter (5 1/4) inches. The opening is approximately one (1) inch. Due to the relative thickness and rigidity of sand cast pieces, it is not recommended that an attempt be made to stretch or crimp the bracelet to try to resize it: to do so could cause it to crack. The back is marked Sterling and is signed by the hallmark: AJB. This fine piece was purchased as Dead Pawn from the Cameron Trading Post on the Navajo Reservation several decades ago. This was not a mass-produced-on-assembly-line fabrication for the tourist trade; it is a handmade work of art in which each natural turquoise stone is hand cut and polished, and hand set in hand cut sterling silver bezels.

Please Note: The Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 is Federal Law. If the piece is unsigned - or signed such that a particular artist cannot be identified, so the tribe that the artist or artisan belongs to cannot be CORRESPONDINGLY identified, then the Law requires that -even though one may know the style and elements and type, and that the ways and means in which it is made definitely identifies the article as of a particular tribe- the piece cannot be identified as being a particular tribal piece, say of the Hopi or Zuni or Navajo tribe- but one can say it is similar to or same as or in the style of a tribe- So for my jewelry that was purchased much pre-1990, either from artisans on the Reservations, or from galleries or trading posts on Reservations- I can give that purchase location information. Further, the law applies whether the piece was made in 1890, 1990 or 2009. If it is unmarked, or the artist mark does not indicate a particular tribal affiliation, I can say it looks like a particular tribe and in what ways I feel this is so- but I cannot say it IS a particular tribe. That breaks the Federal Law and is a highly sensitive issue with Native American peoples. I am neither a lawyer nor a Federal Agent, but I try to maintain the integrity of my shop by complying with all known laws.


For the Southwestern Native American, of such tribes as Hopi, Zuni, Navajo, and Pueblo, pawn refers to the practice of converting art and other intrinsically valuable possessions into income for life's necessities. Pawn can be items from antiquity, such as heirloom pieces of handmade jewelry or crafts that are passed from a family to become pawn and hence into the public marketplace. Because most pawned merchandise is of necessary value in the seller's life, the percentage of pawn that goes unredeemed is quite small, reportedly about five percent.

Merchandise that remains unredeemed in a pawn shop after loan expiration is known as "dead pawn," and items of dead pawn are among the most highly valued Native American artifacts to be found on the open market.

Some pieces of dead pawn are antique or old, while other pieces have been pawned by the ORIGINAL ARTIST or by others, in an unused state. It is difficult to tell the age of a piece of jewelry, but some indicators are "wear and tear," evidence of continued previous polishing, the style of the setting, or style of the piece itself, the type of stone or material used in the settings.

Any other accessory items used for display are not included in this offering, unless otherwise specified.

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Item ID: P-014

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Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: silver/turquoise, Size: S

$299 USD

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