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    Posted 5 years ago

    gvgordon
    (147 items)

    In a box of stuff we got today. Notice the swastika design. I know the swastika was used in native American Design long before it was adopted as a nazi symbol.
    Can anyone help ID the source of the symbols on this item.

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    1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      I'm have a bit of trouble believing that Native Americans used envelopes ! LOL !!
    2. Celiene Celiene, 5 years ago
      Use all pictures. Try reorienting in upright, and a close up of the symbols, and a pic of the back.
    3. Celiene Celiene, 5 years ago
      Looks like an eagle at the top. The Swastika is the Nazi orientation.
    4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      Celiene, the swastika was used in both orientations for good luck etc. before the Nazi's came along.
    5. Celiene Celiene, 5 years ago
      Maybe that is a Native American Thunderbird at the top. What is on the other side of the swastika? HArd to see - you have to turn your head sideways.
    6. Celiene Celiene, 5 years ago
      Is it a stamped design? Samer thin on the back indented? Looks like snakes under the Thunderbird. Looks like someone used leather tooling tools. See those those arcs around the sun?

      Looks like some was impressed from the front, and some from the back. Does it smell like Silver?
    7. Celiene Celiene, 5 years ago
      OMG! Here's another one!

      http://www.smpub.com/ubb/Forum19/HTML/000595.html
    8. Celiene Celiene, 5 years ago
      WOW! Look up:

      native american letter opener fred harvey
    9. Celiene Celiene, 5 years ago
      They are made of coin silver!

      http://silltribaltrading.com/product/navajo-maisels-indian-trading-post-fred-harvey-era-coin-silver-oval-green-turquoise-thunderbird-letter-opener-c-1928-38s/
    10. Celiene Celiene, 5 years ago
      Navajo Maisel's Indian Trading Post 1930's
    11. Celiene Celiene, 5 years ago
      You lucky duck! You got a treasure in that box! Each one handmade, so no two alike. This one is $425.00!

      http://www.mudheadgallery.com/product.php?item=5598
    12. Celiene Celiene, 5 years ago
      You can look up the symbols and interpret the message!

      http://www.indiansummer.com/symbol.htm
    13. gvgordon gvgordon, 5 years ago
      Wow, thanks for the info. I love random boxes. Been awhile since I have posted, pick a good one to jump back in with. Thanks again.
    14. Celiene Celiene, 5 years ago
      You are welcome!I love the Google and solving a mystery!
    15. cjoe cjoe, 5 years ago
      maybe take a look through this book on google books, pg 97 explains the meaning of the swastika and you might find some of the other images adorning your find. Absolutely beautiful!
      https://books.google.com/books?id=-3804Ud9-4IC&pg=PA98&lpg=PA98&dq=ancient+tibetan+ceremonial+knife+and+swastika&source=bl&ots=FRGCUVNhEw&sig=0DOK6EIKp06XZ1lJCi4Ddw1n4t8&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjmjISprN_MAhWG4iYKHTBDDsQQ6AEILjAC#v=onepage&q=ancient%20tibetan%20ceremonial%20knife%20and%20swastika&f=false
    16. Celiene Celiene, 5 years ago
      Cjoe - it's native american, not Tibetan.

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