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Group of Southwest Native American Jewelry From the Estate of Author James Jones
American Southwest No Publisher 1955 Group including 5 pieces of jewelry, circa 1950s 'pawn' silver, vintage Southwest Native American art craft; total weight approx. 430 grams, with various turquoise stones: # 1 a squash blossom necklace, single turquoise stone, 12 blossoms, graduated hand-formed beads; # 2 cuff bracelet with 7 turquoise ovals in graduated sizes, perhaps Kingman origin, nice mid-century modern design; # 3 Zuni inlaid butterfly bola, with one wing's turquoise replaced (mismatched, not 'correct' with Zuni element of harmony for this type of jewelry); # 4 Navajo, Fred Harvey-era style heavy bracelet cuff with 7 bright turquoise stones; # 5 a broken (in 2 pieces) bracelet, 7 stones, 2 damaged; James Ramon Jones (1921-1977) most famously the author of 'From Here to Eternity' for which he won the National Book Award; in "James Jones" the author biography by George Garrett (Harcourt 1984) and in Frank McShane's "Life.." (Houghton, 1985) there is reference made to Jones' 'turquoise and cowboy boots' period of his life, with several pictures in which Southwest jewelry worn by the author is visible; the well-traveled author enjoyed collecting native artifacts, especially hand-fashioned items, his homes filled with acquisitions from artists around the world; in overall good condition, not cleaned, as-found. Good
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