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"1890 Gray Blue " 1890 Cent & Antique Hemmingray Glass on Sterling Bolo

$ 167.00

This gorgeous chunk of antique blue glass is from a portion of a Hemmingray telegraph pin insulator that was unearthed from near the utility poles that rang along side the railway tracks in Carrizozo NM. It still has the letters "Gray" visible. Many artifacts were recovered but this one had a special raw stone look that was preserved. The piece was sanded and polished before being set on a sterling silver backplate with multiple silver sphere embellishments. It's silver arms hug the blue glass giving it an old fashioned look. This treasure is sure to catch everyone's eyes the moment you walk into a room, and its rare history makes it even more special. The coin below the glass is a real 1890 American cent and further adds to the historical value of this piece. It has been made into a leather corded bolo style necklace that has 35" of total cord length and an adjustable sliding pendant. 


Components discovered in Carrizozo NM and Cottonwood AZ



After each artifact or specimen has been discovered it is sent through a careful restoration process before being used in a design. If a particularly unique patina is found to add design value to an artifact, it is preserved and/or sealed to ensure its longevity and protection. Each and every item is made by hand by owners Nathan and Ali, therefore, some small imperfections or variations may be present in your design. To us, this only adds to the beauty and rarity of your particular piece. 1888 Design does not claim ownership over the design or production of any vintage, antique, or otherwise repurposed object used in the creation of our jewelry. 

Each 1888 Design piece contains unique elements of symbolic or historic value that mean something different to us all. Let's break down what the elements in this design are

Hemmingray Insulators

The Hemmingray glass company was founded way back in 1848 as a partnership between Robert Hemingray and Ralph Gray to establish a glass works in Cincinnati Ohio. At the time they had no idea they would be creating a glass insulator that would become a widely collected glass antique. The thick glass insulator used to insulate the telephone and telegraph pins that sat atop utility poles came in a wide variety of colors and styles. The thick colorful glass insulators were beautiful on there own and would decorate mantles and table tops in households serving many purposes of beautfucation. They are often uncovered along old lines of utility poles and can be excavated by hand or found inantioque stores the all over.

Carrizozo NM

Carrizozo comes from the Spanish word “Carrizo”, a tall reed that was abundant in the area and used as cattle feed. There was so much of this reed the extra "zo" was added to the town name. Journalist Quentin Reynolds once wrote a piece on Carrizozo New Mexico and later said about it, I used to agree with Bugs (Arther "Bugs" Bear) that once you left New York, you were strictly on the horse and buggy circuit. But of late years I've had to modify that. Since then I've discovered New Orleans, San Francisco and a little place called Carrizozo, New Mexico, where I want to go when I die. I want to go there and gang around the drug store and sneak behind the prescription counter with Art Rolland and have a nip of what he calls Old Granddaddy then type out his prescriptions for him." There is a special magic to this once bustling railway stop.

American Cent

Most don’t realize that the image on this incredible coin was modeled after the Greco-Roman Statue of the Goddess Venus Accroupie, adorned in a Native American headdress of eagle feathers. Things are not always what they seem- a second look or deeper study can often reveal an unexpected truth and a deeper understanding.

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"When the earrings arrived the whole opening experience was so beautiful. The story, sweet postcard, the feather, and finally opening the earrings box - I've been wearing them all day and they feel like they're supposed to be with me"

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All earring posts are made out of sterling silver, stainless steel, or brass metals unless otherwise stated in the product description. Sterling silver and stainless steel are both hypoallergenic metals. Brass can react differently among different skin types, so we advise knowing your body's tolerance to brass prior to purchasing earrings with brass ear posts. Again, all metals used are stated in each product's description tab.

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