Nohokos is a Navajo word meaning Stars-Going-Around and was a commonly used cultural symbol for the Navajo; it is also called Whirling Log. It was commonly used in Southwestern jewelry , rugs and basketry until the rise of Hitler during the 1930's with his use of the Twisted Cross or swastika. For Native Americans, however, the Nohokos was a symbol of good luck. It was in use as early as 1908, but eventually banned in the 1930's by most tribes, so it is only seen in early Harvey era jewelry, not in the middle or late periods. This interesting sterling watch fob came from an estate sale in Fredricksburg, Texas that I attended this past winter. The estate was that of a collector of Native American artifacts of all kinds including jewelry, hence this unusual watch fob piece. It appears to me to be a marriage of a few pieces by the original owner. The fob clasp, chain, Nohokos and large circular clasp are all sterling and marked so with the exception of the Nohokos which I have tested and guarantee to be sterling. The other large circular clasp which is where the fob attachment is located is marked 1/20 12K GF for white gold. This helps somewhat in dating this unusual fob in that the Federal government required all gold filled items to be marked as of 1933. In addition, white gold was first patented by the Belais Brothers in 1920, and by the 1930's, white gold was considered a suitable substitute for platinum, the favored metal of the Art Deco era. With all this information, it appears that this watch fob set was a product of the 1930's, before Native Americans stopped using the Nohokos symbol on their silver work. The entire piece measures 14", and one would think that the Nohokos would be at one end of the watch chain, but this is exactly the way I found it in the estate, almost in the middle. Since it appears to me to be a marriage of pieces, the Nohokos could easily be attached to one end of the watch fob chain. A very early Harvey era item, and unusual to have it mostly sterling, this watch fob will make a great addition to your early Harvey era Native American sterling collection.
Reference: June, Dennis. "Fred Harvey Jewelry 1900-1955". Schiffer Publishing, 2013.