Vintage Fred Harvey Era Native American Bracelet/ Bell Trading Co Route 66 Jewelry/Thunderbird Nickle Silver Cuff
Vintage 30s-40s "Route 66"" made for tourist trade bracelet from Bell Trading Co.from the Fred Harvey era.
The Bell Trading Company was founded in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1932 by Jack Michelson and his wife Mildred. They sold Native American Indian jewelry at various tourist locations in the southwestern United States until 1972.
Their main competitor was Maisel’s Indian Trading Post who merged with Bell Trading Company in 1935.
The Bell company got its name from Jack’s wife, whose maiden name was Bell.
The types of jewelry sold by Bell Trading included sterling silver, nickel silver, gold, and copper.
Over the years numerous hallmarks were used on items sold by Bell Trading. The hallmarks typically included the image of a bell or that of an arrow sign post with a bell sign hanging from it.
In 1972 the company name was changed to Sunbell Corp. and items including giftware and moccasins were added to the jewelry inventory.
Very nice example of the tourist trade bracelet. Raised applied metal work.
Materials: Stamped metal/repousse, applied thunderbird with faux turquoise stone.
STAMPED LABEL: Bell, nickel silver.
COLOR: silver, turquoise.
MATERIAL: Nickel Silver, faux turquoise stone - possible glass.
**Nickel silver is an metal alloy combining copper, nickel & zinc.
Condition: Very good- wear on exterior and interior of band.
Measurements: 5 1/4" L x 1 1/2" H x 1 3/8" gap
*opening/gap size can be adjusted by a jeweler for better sizing.
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