|Title:||Silver & Turquiose with Fur Primative Necklace|
|Description:||It is a silver (I believe) native looking necklace with turquiose and hand carved silver pieces, and fur attached at several points on the necklace. It extends very long, looks native america or ethnic/tribal.|
|Condition:||Nothing broken that I can tell. I did attach the green pipe cleaners about 20 years ago to keep the fur from falling off, but I am not certain that it is still attached underneath and am not going to touch it.|
|Origin:||I found it as a teenager about 22 years ago, and have had it ever since.|
|Provenance:||Not that I know of.|
|Appraised By:||Judith Katz-Schwartz|
|History Of The Item:||Native American jewelry employs many natural objects, including minerals, bone, shells, animal teeth and fur, and locally mined silver.|
|Appraiser Tips:||This necklace needs professional attention! Take it to a jeweler who deals in Native American jewelry and have the pipe cleaners removed, have the silver tested for purity, and have any other necessary repairs made. The assumption right now is that it is sterling silver, which is 925 parts out of 1000 pure silver, but it could, in fact, be any level of purity.
The jeweler can also help you identify the tribe and age of this item.
|Research Sources:||Indian Jewelry Of The American Southwest, by Turnbaugh|
|Appraiser Comments:||The use of turquoise and fur, along with silver, appear to indicate that it is a Navaho, Zuni or other Southwestern tribal piece. You don't mention where you found it, but even the most preliminary research on the Internet will turn up a list of local tribes who could have produced it. The silver plaques also appear to have a hunting theme engraved on them. The fur could be any small prairie animal.
I am unable to see if the clasp is intact or broken, or what the beads are strung on. If they are strung on nylon, it is a modern piece. If it is catgut or some other natural material, this could be a very old ceremonial piece.
Since I am unable to examine this item in person, it is assumed to be an early 20th century Native American necklace of silver, turquoise and fur, in very good condition, with no flaws and no idnetification. The values given below are based on these assumptions.
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