Turquoise Vintage Jewelry - Fred Harvey Railroad Jewelry
December 24, 2016
Looking for an unique one of a kind Christmas present. Dade City Jewelry has several vintage turquoise jewelry pieces. One of my favorites is a sterling silver turquoise cuff bracelet which is vintage Fred Harvey Railroad Jewelry. What is Fred Harvey Railroad Jewelry? We got the tip to research this jewelry from one of our customers. Fred Harvey (1835-1901) was born in London, England, emigrated to the US and became a citizen. In 1878, he signed a contract with the Sante Fe Railroad to operate small “tea rooms” at their railroad depots for the guests along the railroad route. His business grew to lunchroom and serving food in the train dining cars. Then in 1899, The Fred Harvey Co. started supplying turquoise and silver to to traders to craft pieces of Native American style jewelry for the railroad tourist demand. Thus “railroad jewelry” began being sold. Fred Harvey was also one of the principal concessionaires in the Grand Canyon National park. So although this piece is not authentic Native American made - it certainly comes with a great deal of interesting history. If you are ever at the Grand Canyon there is an interesting History Room at Bright Angel Lodge with Fred Harvey era displays.
This lovely piece of American History can be purchased for $200.00