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Book On Indian Bracelets
Traces Long History

BOOK REVIEW

Soutwest bracelet
Photo caption: A three-stone turquoise bracelet, “EN” hallmark, 1970s.

Southwestern Indian Bracelets, The Essential Cuff, is a recent release of Schiffer Publishing. Written by Paula A. Baxter, it is a design history of these bracelets from the first documented ones in 1868 through 1970, with some additional information from recent years.

The first chapter examines the sources for designs and how styles developed. The following two chapters discuss historic bracelets and how traditional styles came into being. Chapter four describes the commercial bracelets that were made to appeal to tourists, and how this impacted bracelet design from 1930 to 1980. During this time, bracelets became more symmetrical, with repetitive decorations and motifs representing stylized “Indian” motifs.

Additional chapters include many vintage bracelets, with descriptions and information on design and materials used. Chapter Seven discusses Native American styles from 1980 and beyond.

Southwestern Indian Bracelets (ISBN: 978-0-7643-4868-6), hardback, is priced at $39.99. It is available online at www.schifferbooks.com. Check with your local bookseller first.

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Third Hagen-Renaker Book Details
Long Success Story

BOOK REVIEW

Photo caption: This Jaguar was in the Miniature line for a short time in the early 1990s. It was designed by Shi Yi Chen. It is about 1 inch tall and has a value range of $14-$18.

More Hagen-Renaker Pottery, by Nancy Kelly, joins her two previous books (Hagen-Renaker Pottery: Horses and Other Figurines and Hagen-Renaker Through the Years) in describing the output of this successful southern California pottery since it began in 1945. It is unique in that it has survived for 70 years, still making the collectible figures for which it became well-known, while the other figurine-producing companies of southern California eventually could no longer compete with foreign imports.

This book picks up where the previous books left off, adding older models and colors not previously described, adding recent items, and including some interesting items that fall in between. There are lots of horses, dogs and cats; there are also caterpillars, butterflies, dinosaurs, dragons and more.

More Hagen-Renaker Pottery (ISBN: 978-0-7643-4810-5), in softback, is priced at $29.99. A value guide is included for most of the examples shown. It is published by Schiffer Publishing and is available from the online catalog: www.schifferbooks.com or from your local bookseller.

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