This amazing Navajo coin silver and turquoise ring is very early from the Transitional Period of Native American silversmith work, 1900-1920. Thus it can be considered a Harvey era piece, but is totally handcrafted and not for the tourist trade at the Harvey hotels. It does exhibit the characteristics of this early silversmith era, however, but was probably made for the silversmith himself or a family member and then pawned as needed. It was definitely a status statement for its original owner with a large, for its time, piece of turquoise (20mm by 11mm) set flush in a tall bezel, heavy and BOLD with eagles on both sides of the ring. The entire face of the ring measures 25mm by 20mm. The eagle's wings are spread and wrap around the sides of the ring to the front. The eagle is hand hammered and wraps around the bezel, in effect two separate pieces of the ring hammered together. It is a balanced ring in design and very heavy weighing 22.5 grams on my jewelry scale. The artistry of this piece amazes me considering the skill needed to create it with the tools available in that time period. Of course it is not signed, as few pieces of this time period ever were, so the artist remains unknown. A very early piece that will make a fantastic addition to a Native American jewelry collection, it is still a statement piece for its owner today. I have never seen anything like this ring here in this section of the country and was amazed to find it, a wonderful Maine estate piece. It can be worn by a man or a woman, probably on a man's little finger as it measures a 7 and 1/2 on a mandrel A woman can wear it on the ring finger or middle finger depending on her size. I am wearing this ring as I type, and it is extremely comfortable on. The ring is also a great piece to display in a collection, but it was made to be worn and admired as a stunning piece of early Navajo silversmith work.
Reference: Fred Harvey Jewelry: 1900-1955 by Dennis June (pgs. 116-117)
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