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Necklace, Thunderbird Depression, Vintage ‘40s, 1461

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Southwestern Santo Domingo-style jewelry is not only beautiful but almost baffling. This 1940s-era vintage battery bird necklace was crafted from tiny turquoise scraps, bits of gypsum, pieces of red plastic, and various found objects (such as 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!

  • affiliation: Kewa
  • materials: gypsum, turquoise, various recycled resins
  • dimensions: 24" + bird 2 1/4" x 1 1/2"
  • hook & eye
  • weight: 59 grams
  • nice vintage condition
  • stones are secure in their settings
  • stone abrasions commensurate with age
  • light wear from use
  • style: JN1461
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