This is a Navajo Dead Pawn handcrafted pin and pendant by Betty Harvey. This Dead Pawn pin pendant features the image of a Red Bird created with inlay cuts of Coral, Abalone Shell and Jet crafted in Sterling Silver. The reverse of this piece is signed Betty noted as BH and is stamped Sterling.
The pin pendant measures approximately 1 7/16 inches tall and is 1 1/8 inch wide at the widest point.
Total weight of this piece is 8.5 grams.
The term Pawn refers to selling jewelry or other personal items for cash. It can also mean exchanging jewelry or other personal items for cash by using the item as collateral for a loan. If the piece used for collateral is not claimed by an agreed upon date, then the item becomes Dead Pawn and the pawn shop becomes the owner of the item and can choose to sell the item to reclaim the cost of the money lent. The term Dead Pawn does not indicate the age of the jewelry. Dead Pawn jewelry can be very old, newly made or anywhere in between.