Vintage c.1920-30's Santo Domingo Indian turquoise scrap plastic necklace with matching earrings
A beautiful example of a Santo Domingo Battery Bird Necklace from the 1930s to 1940s. These depression era necklaces are sometimes referred to as Battery Birds because the scrap black plastic on the back came from discarded old car batteries. Other scrap plastic materials used in these were sometimes red Dairy Queen plastic silverware, old records and other scrap plastic. These were some of the poorest Native Americans during the depression and they learned to make beautiful work with the materials they had available. A classic Thunderbird designed pendant made by the Santo Domingo indians in the 1930's - 1940s its made of hand made white gypsum beads, scrap plastic and chip inlay Turquoise. Also have a matching set of earrings for this pendant with horizontal white bar see other listings
These are worn by both women and men although it's shown on a vintage Pendleton Shirt from the 1940s.
Strand 24 inches
Thunderbird 2inches tall by 1.75 inches wide
Condition: Looks like the original cotton string from the 1930's 40's, it old its worn and has surface abrasions and may eventually need to be restrung although its not falling apart. The string has a 2 inch gap which means the string may have stretched or it may have lost some of its gypsum beads in the past looks like the original string.
Shipping USA: This item will ship by Priority Mail "Insured" in the USA 1 pounds.
Shipping International: Shipped by Priority Mail International 1 pounds "Insured". The full insured value will be stated on all customs forms and foreign buyers are responsible for all import duties and or taxes so keep that in mind before you purchase.