Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-172) and index.
The background stories -- The expanding Harvey Company -- Decorative symbols -- Jewelry styles -- The materials -- Buyer beware.
The tale of silver Indian jewelry -- Indianland-the island economy -- The Fred Harvey Company -- The palaces of Fred Harvey -- Born to serve tourists -- Authentic and souvenir makers -- Thunderbird and arrow symbols -- Selling symbolism-the palette -- Odd and extreme jewelry -- Railroad jewelry ended, 1955 -- Route 66 bridges of the Harvey era -- Fred Harvey jewelry defined -- Hybrids and "Pretty Girls" -- Eras of silver Indian jewelry -- The real stuff -- Tips to spot the souvenirs -- Coin and ingot silver -- Piecework hybrids -- Handmade vs. machine-made jewelry -- Patina -- To polish or not to polish -- The silversmith's toolbox -- About fakery-the story of falsehood -- The ethical dilemma of souvenir jewelry -- Collector tips -- The internet -- The postcards -- Prohibited by Federal law -- Glossary.
A book detailing the tourist Indian jewelry that was sold mainly in the Fred Harvey establishments at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century in connection with the Santa Fe Railway. It includes detailed photographs of the native artisans and the jewelry made by novelty companies for the tourists. It is illustrated with many original Harvey Company photostint postcards, which paint a vivid picture of life in the American Southwest frontier.