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Necklace, Thunderbird, Santo Domingo Depression, Vintage, '40's, 1164

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DEPRESSION-ERA JEWELRY NEVER CEASES TO AMAZE US. 

Southwestern Santo Domingo-style jewelry is not only beautiful but almost baffling. This vibrant vintage battery bird necklace was crafted from tiny turquoise scraps, bits of gypsum, pieces of red plastic, and -- get this -- car battery casings. Crafted in the traditional style, it's centered by a colorful thunderbird accented by a series of triangular tabs on a strand of beads. The resourcefulness of these post-war jewelry artisans is nothing short of remarkable. As they say, one man's trash is another man's treasure!
  • materials: gypsum, car battery, turquoise, plastic resin
  • dimensions: 25" length
  • pendant: 3 1/4" x 2 1/2"
  • closure: hook & eye
  • weight: 79 gram
  • condition: nice vintage condition
  • stones are secure
  • light wear from ethnographic use
  • style number: JN1164

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