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Elaine Sam, Navajo
NOS Sterling Silver, Turquoise, Coral
Bear Claw Bolo Tie
HK Item #BOL81

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Authentic Native American Vintage NOS sterling silver Bear Claw bolo tie by Navajo artist Elaine Sam

Size
3" x 2 1/2"
38" long cord including tips;
2" long tips
Weight
86 grams
Materials
turquoise, coral, Read about stones
sterling silver, Read about silver
bear claw
Hallmarks
stamped: NAVAJO HANDMADE ES
Artist
Elaine Sam, Navajo
Condition
Vintage, NOS, excellent; stones and claw firmly set with no cracks or chips; even medium patina

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Authentic Native American Vintage NOS sterling silver Bear Claw bolo tie by Navajo artist Elaine Sam

Authentic Native American Vintage NOS sterling silver Bear Claw bolo tie by Navajo artist Elaine Sam

Authentic Native American Vintage NOS sterling silver Bear Claw bolo tie by Navajo artist Elaine Sam

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Elaine Sam, Navajo
NOS Sterling Silver, Turqoise, Coral
Bear Claw Bolo Tie

#BOL81 - $325

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Paula says: "This piece is NOS (new old stock) that was made more than a decade ago but never sold - it is brand new vintage!"

Authentic Native American Vintage NOS sterling silver Bear Claw bolo tie by Navajo artist Elaine Sam

Authentic Native American Vintage NOS sterling silver Bear Claw bolo tie by Navajo artist Elaine Sam

2 inch long tips.

Authentic Native American Vintage NOS sterling silver Bear Claw bolo tie by Navajo artist Elaine Sam

Bennett syle clasp.

Vintage JewelryLouisiana Collection                   

A splendid Chippewa gentleman who was a disabled veteran, operated a Native American jewelry store in Louisiana which he loved very much. He and his wife shopped in the southwest for their store. When he passed on, his wife, also a disabled veteran, didn't feel she would be able to operate the store alone and besides the memories of her dear husband were so entwined with the jewelry, she felt she needed to move on. After a few years, and with the help of a good girlfriend, she began going through the items in her storage locker and sending them to us to find new homes for.

All of these items are New Old Stock and some of them are vintage. This is quite a large collection which we will be listing for some time to come.


Bear is considered the most powerful of all of the animals and is one of the most popular subjects of fetish carvers. Bear is a spiritual guide and represents strength and self-knowledge. He has supernatural powers, great healing powers. Bear is a symbol deliberate action, introspection, soul and insight for the past and the future. The Bear is the guardian of the West an is one of the animals of the Six Directions.

Bears are the main figure in the Mountain Way, an important Navajo ceremony. Bear claws are a traditional adornment to pendants and bracelets.

(Note: Almost all natural bear claws have a slight imperfection - many of them have a rub mark, a scratch, a crack or even a piece missing. Like the lines in people's fingernails, these imperfections are just part of the claw. In fact, that is one way you can tell that the bear claw is authentic and not man-made.

 

What is a Bolo Tie?

Native American Jewelry Blog tips and iinformationA bolo tie, also called a “shoestring necklace” or simply a bola, can be thought of as a Western necktie. A bolo tie can range from an inexpensive “string tie” to an elaborate sterling silver and leather affair. Maybe your younger brother had one of those string ties that he wore with his cowboy hat and cap guns ??!!

A bolo has three parts:

  • The cord that goes around the neck is called the lariat. It is traditionally braided from leather, and most commonly black leather. The lariat can also be made from woven cord, thus the term “string tie”.

  • The ends of the lariat are finished off with tips. The tips can be made of sterling silver, copper or other metals. They can be machine made tips or hand made tips.

  • And finally we get to the Pièce de résistance which means the focal point, the best part or feature, the artistic creation for which the other portions exist ! The slide. The slide is a decorative feature that, as its name indicates, slides up and down on the lariat. The slide can be worn up at the neck in the same position as a necktie knot (formal) or down lower for a more casual effect. Slides can vary as widely as the artist’s imagination and can utilize many materials.
NOTE: Items in our Vintage Shop are either USED or NEW. They might come from inheritances, estate sales, private collections, and store liquidations. Many items are brand new (NOS, New Old Stock) and in perfect condition while others may show tarnish, scratches and other signs of use. Major issues will be described in detail and shown in photos. Vintage Shop items are sold as described and are not returnable.
Horsekeeping LLC - Definitions of Jewelry Age and Condition
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Patina
A dark or colored film of oxidation that forms naturally on metal exposure to air and other elements. It is often valued for its aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Vintage
30 years or older.
NOS
New Old Stock. Retail store inventory from at least 10 years ago.
Pre-owned
An item that has been used.
Why isn't this item called Native American?

The US Department of the Interior Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 and its recent Amendments require that items described as Native American or Indian be made by an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe. Furthermore, government regulations suggest that all attributions include the Native American Indian's name, tribe and federal tribal enrollment number. Because it is impossible to identify the artist for many vintage items, even if they are authentic Indian made items, we cannot and will not use the words Native American or Indian in association with such pieces.

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