L 4.7“, W 1.37 oz. Extremely abundant in goldtone, silvertone and painted white. I have never seen a vintage example signed on the back, nor in copper or sterling. Two examples have had "Emmons" on the chain. Called the “Oval Eyes” pendant - very few other owl pendants have full oval eyes. Note the barred beak, upflared head and half length wings.
Ceramic & goldtone. L 2.2“, W 0.83 oz. Abundant. Great variety in central cab. We call this the “Spaghetti Wings” pendant for its thin curved wings. Usually unsigned, but some are signed Jerry's (common). Often strung with similar smaller (L 0.9“) pendant positioned above. Also common as a pin. Variations include (1) goldtone with a bordered jade cab, (2) a circular belly cab, and (3) a brainy head with 4 tumbled stones on the belly. Beginning around 1975 this pendant was frequently advertised in local newspapers for $1.99. If the wing on the left forms a spiral at the perch the piece is a recent Asian import.
Pewtertone. L 4.1“, W 1.46 oz. Abundant. Seen in a wide variety of metals and colored metals. Never signed, except “sterling“ (very rare) and “pewter“ (uncommon). We name this the “Phalanx” type, since the small pentagonal feathers on the breast suggest an array of shields. Its “flat orbit” head is seen in many other pendants. If you turn the pendant over and look at the holes in the breast you will see a hail of arrowpoints attacking the Phalanx. This pendant was advertised in newspapers in 1973 for $3.98.
LEFT: Plastic on silvertone. L 3.4”, W 2.06 oz. Ridged orbits. This type is uncommon in goldtone. In most the central cabachon is faux turquoise. Usually unsigned. RIGHT: Lucite and shell on silvertone. L 3.2”, W 1.90 oz. Radial orbits. Uncommon in goldtone. Great variety in the central cabachon. Never signed. We call the body these pendants share ”Slotted Wings“, for the five slots in each wing. The Slotted Wings body is seen only with the above two heads, and both are about equally abundant.
L 2.1“, W 0.79 oz. Glass on goldtone. Pin / Pendant. Abundant. I call this the "BRB" type pendant since the body faces right and it has a Brainy head (Body Right Brainy). I have not seen a pendant of this type that was signed, but a pin is signed Sphinx. The BRB pendants probably go back to the 1960's and exploited a national fad for Native American Jewelry. It is also in silvertone, and as a pair welded together, either unsigned or signed HMS.
LEFT: L 1.8“, W 0.58 oz. Glass on silvertone. Abundant. RIGHT: L 1.7”, W 0.43 oz. Glass on goldtone. Abundant. We call these the BFB type since the body faces forward and it has a “Brainy Head” (Body Forward Brainy). Most BFB pendants are silvertone set with faux turquoise as on the left. The forehead is decorated with three rows of small beads or ridged. Like the BRB pendant it resembles, the BFB pendants go back to the 1960's. I have never seen a BFB pendant that was signed, or in sterling. Also common as a pin. A version with both wings touching the perch and a spiral on the left end of the perch is current Asian (11/2011).
LEFT: Goldtone, L 4.2“, W 2.73 oz. RIGHT: L 1.9“, W 0.57 oz. BOTH: The “U432” design (counting the “U” shapes on the breast). Also common in silvertone and painted white. One or both joints often fused. I have never seen a signed version of a U432 pendant. Sometimes the “U” chest is mounted upside down. I have also seen a faux turquoise in an oval mount welded in the center of the breast.
L 3.5“, W 1.65 oz. Abundant in both goldtone and silvertone.
L 3.4“, W 1.65 oz. Goldtone. The head differs from the previous piece. Abundant in goldtone and pewtertone.
RIGHT: L 5.7“, W 3.49 oz. Abundant in goldtone or silvertone - or alternating metals. LEFT: L 1.4”, W 0.21 oz.
Goldtone. L 3.8“, W 2.69 oz. Abundant. Always unsigned. “Tiered Brainy”
LEFT: Goldtone. L 4.0“, W 1.10 oz. Ridged orbits version. Abundant. RIGHT: Silvertone. L 3.9”, W 1.09 oz. Flat orbits version. Abundant. These share the “Minihearts” breast. Both have a “Nine Feathered Fan” tail (see the “Shared Parts” album).
L 2.3“, W 1.19 oz. Petrified cactus wood on goldtone. Abundant type, highly variable center, often solid metal. One variation in the mold has textured wings. The contour of the orbs also forms the ears.
L 3.7“, W 1.25 oz. Enamel on goldtone. Common type.
L 4.6“, W 2.54 oz. Plastic & silvertone. Abundant mold.
L 2.4“, W 1.04 oz. Four segments. Enamel on goldtone. The enameled color is variable but usually in reds and browns (very common). I have a green version (uncommon).
L 1.4“, W 0.21 oz. The “Inside Owl“ - Identical to the owl suspended in cut out unsigned Alan pendant. Abundant in both goldtone and silvertone. May still be manufactured.
L 2.1“, W 0.51 oz. Enamel on goldtone. Very common mold - great variety of materials in the breast, tail and forehead, including pave rhinestones or faux turquoise beads. The perch may be decorated with leaves on left.
L 4.3“, W 1.74 oz. Glass in goldtone. Very common type.
L 4.3“, W 1.83 oz. Painted metal. Common as above, gold tone, or pewtertone.
L 5.3“, W 2.77 oz. Plastic on goldtone. Common group, extreme variation in details of the mold and materials. Hardly any two are the same.
L 2.5“, W 0.73 oz. Plastic on silvertone. Common type in silvertone. Variable center cab. On some the back is finished in a grill.
L 1.6“, W 0.63 oz. Pin / pendant. Silvertone. Common, also in goldtone. Head common as a component.
L 2.5“, W 0.96 oz. Pin / pendant. Coated goldtone. Common type, highly variable, often enameled. Also a pin (Jomaz) and a refrigerator magnet (Korea). Another goldtone example was signed Dionne.
L 3.3“, W 1.35 oz. Silvertone & plastic (?). Common in both silvertone and goldtone. Feathers may be plastic or glass.
L 3.3“, W 2.20 oz. Bimetallic with Ceramic cab. Three segments! Common type, much variety. Note the wings attach to the head.
The "Spaghetti Wings" pendant - variety with a circular belly cab. This may be an original box. The belly cab here is almost certainly glass, not turquoise. There was a big but brief fad for native American jewelry in the late 1970's. Most pieces sold were not of native American manufacture.