“Ten Buck” Pendant Necklace
Verdura loved the bold design and Native American iconography of Theodore Roosevelt’s “Indian Head” coins. This necklace represents Verdura’s whimsical tribute to his adopted country.
- Comprised of one $10 gold coin dating back to the early 20th century, 18k gold and diamonds, on a 19" chain.
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This milestone pendant coin necklace is an important archival example of Duke Fulco di Verdura's fascination with the natural wonders and artistic freedom of the “New World.” Since childhood, Fulco was enraptured with the history and dress of Native Americans, eventually collecting a rare portfolio of lithographs of the McKenney-Hall History of the Indian Tribes of North America (1837-44), hand-colored plate copies of portraits of Native American chiefs originally executed by Charles Bird King and other artists c. 1821-30.
The $10 gold piece (1907-1933) was designed by America’s top sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. The historical relevance of these coins is significant: the portrait of a Native American in full headdress came to be recognized world-wide as a symbol of strength and perseverance.