Dramatic old Zuni thunderbird brooch

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$275.00

Antique Zuni inlaid thunderbird brooch

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A great old Native American made brooch.  Gorgeous old stones & shells set into a simple and dramatic thunderbird.  Unsigned but unmistakable Zuni construction with natural turquoise, shell and jet.  Technically “channel inlay,” the stones/shells are cut to shape to fit into the silver bezels.  One detail I like is that the silversmith was apparently conserving silver so the bird’s tail is a separate piece of silver, added to the basic silver platform.   1 7/8″ tall x 1 3/4″ wingtip to wingtip.  Circa 1930s.  The roller clasp works well, it’s wearable and, a great piece of history!

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