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Bell Trading vintage costume jewelry

Bell Trading vintage costume jewelry

Butterfly copper brooch. 1940s. Bell Trading vintage costume jewelry

Bell Trading vintage costume jewelry
The history of “Bell Trading Post Inc” began at the height of the Great Depression in 1932 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Its founders, Jack Michelson and his wife, Mildred, hired Native Americans, famous for their craftsmanship in silver and turquoise jewelry. For them, it was a good opportunity to survive this difficult time by selling products to tourists.
The company’s name comes from the maiden name of Mildred, and the marking includes the word Bell, or the image of a bell. In addition, some pieces include “Nickel Silver”, “Solid Copper”, or “Sterling” marking. Noteworthy, the image of the bell in the marking appeared in the 1950s, after the death of Jack Michelson in 1957. His two sons and daughter continued the family business. Traditionally, the company’s craftsmen used silver, nickel, brass, copper, gold and semi-precious stones, as well as faux gems.
Having become part of the larger Sunbell Corporation, along with three other jewelry firms, the Bell Trading Post Inc ceased to exist in 1969.

Round shaped tribal man necklace. Copper, faux turquoise

Round shaped tribal man necklace. Copper, faux turquoise

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Bell Trading vintage costume jewelry

Belt Buckle. Copper

Belt Buckle. Copper

Bolo Tie clip. Nickel, silver

Bolo Tie clip. Nickel, silver

Copper cuff bracelet

Copper cuff bracelet

Feather sterling silver pendant

Feather sterling silver pendant

Fish copper charm

Fish copper charm

Floral design copper lucite brooch. 5 cm. 1961

Floral design copper lucite brooch. 5 cm. 1961

Kachina sterling silver turquoise necklace

Kachina sterling silver turquoise necklace

Nickel Copper cuff bracelet

Nickel Copper cuff bracelet

Road Runner copper pendant

Road Runner copper pendant

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Solid copper turquoise cuff bracelet

Solid copper turquoise cuff bracelet

Sterling silver turquoise ring

Sterling silver turquoise ring

Thunderbird nickel silver pendant

Thunderbird nickel silver pendant

Tribal design copper dangle screw back earrings

Tribal design copper dangle screw back earrings

Turquoise cabochon copper pendant

Floral design Turquoise cabochon copper pendant

Turquoise stones cuff bracelet and pendant

Natural stones cuff bracelet and pendant

Turquoise stones pendant

Turquoise stones pendant

Multicolor stones solid copper cuff bracelet

Multicolor stones solid copper cuff bracelet

Vintage Solid Copper Turquoise Cuff Bracelet

Vintage Solid Copper Turquoise Cuff Bracelet

Wave design copper bracelet

Wave design copper bracelet

Wreath design copper brooch

Wreath design copper brooch

Signature

Nickel silver signed