This 1960s necklace / belt was made at a Massachusetts jewelry firm which created tool and die struck components, notably charms. Their “Indian” motif series is renowned for its detailed representation of Native American objects and themes. There are 24 brass patinated links depicting a chief head, tomahawk, teepee, papoose, bow, peace pipe and totems. A kitschy and marvelous artifact; a great necklace!
Click to peruse some of my designs that take inspiration from the Southwest: Jasper & Lapis Bar Pin, Monarch Butterfly Onyx Flower Cuff, Southwest Flower Hoop Earrings and Turquoise Enamel Rosette Cuff.
For me, the summers of the 1960s were a blend of playtime and daydreams, uncomplicated by adult concerns. Each July, I went to Chicago by train, traveling ‘Santa Fe all the way,’ aboard the Super Chief. On the list of stops, a particular favorite was Albuquerque where most passengers disembarked to stretch and shop. For me, it was nothing short of exhilarating to step off the train into 100 degree heat, drinking in the smell of tar from the platform and the aroma of flat bread cooking and having five dollars in my pocket to spend.
The Indians (as native peoples were called back then) sold everything from fine tribal art to small beaded souvenirs. The origin of wares ranged from indigenous arts and crafts to prefabricated items brought in from outside sources.
*** Please note that most items offered from my Vintage Vault have been the beloved objects and ornaments of previous owners. As such, their condition is consistent with their age and description. Due to the popularity of these vintage pieces, all items are subject to prior sale.