Navajo Coin Silver Cuff Bracelet with Whirling Logs Arrows & Conchos
* * SOLD * *
An older, Native-American-made cuff bracelet, stamped with period designs of arrows, whiling logs, and deep, pointed conchos. This stamping is done with tools that would have been handmade by the silversmith— each notched arch, arrow and tick is impressed with a handmade stamp. The arrows on the bracelet finials are especially interesting, with their thicker bomb-shaped shafts. The conchos are masterfully stamped into the silver sheet, not welded on top. A wonderful, balanced composition. Fred Harvey era. This is probably Navajo.
Inside measures approx 6", tip to tip (measure taken with a soft measuring tape). Opening (gap) is 1". Face height is approx 3/4" (or 19.15 mm). This is somewhat flexible. Fits a 6 - 6 1/2" wrist, well.
In 1940, in response to Hitler's regime, the Navajo, Papago, Apache and Hopi people signed a whirling log proclamation. It read, "Because the above ornament, which has been a symbol of friendship among our forefathers for many centuries, has been desecrated recently by another nation of peoples, therefore it is resolved that henceforth from this date on and forever more our tribes renounce the use of the emblem commonly known today as the swastika . . . on our blankets, baskets, art objects, sand paintings and clothing." Though some new objects are being made (by both Anglo and Native silversmiths) using the whirling log symbol, in response to it's popularity with collectors, it is my feeling it should be (respectfully) left to history.