First of all, a Fred Harvey pin displays recognizable characteristics. The heyday for sales of this jewelry is the 1930’s through the 1950’s. It is sold in curio shops, route 66 tourist stops, and trading posts.
Generally, Fred Harvey jewelry is from a machine and has little handwork. Surprisingly, much of, this jewelry never touches Native American Indian’s hands. This jewelry may feature natural turquoise, treated turquoise or synthetic stones. We try and point out these attributes in the description.
A Fred Harvey pin comes from thin silver sheet, often you may find repairs at the joints. Consequently, this is a common occurrence in this type of light weight jewelry. As an additional benefit to you, if we repair jewelry, our silversmith anneals (heats) the silver. In conclusion, the act of annealing silver makes the silver less brittle and more pliable and bendable.