Tommy Singer, Navajo - Sterling Silver
Vintage Turquoise Bolo Tie
HK Item #BOL111

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Authentic Native American vintage sterling silver and Turquoise with turquoise Bolo tie by Navajo artist Tommy Singer

Condition
vintage, pre-owned, medium patina; excellent cord with tight tips; stone firmly set with no cracks or chips
Size
slide is 3" tall x 2" wide;
4 1/4" long tips including dangles
Weight
134 grams
Materials
turquoise, Read about stones;
sterling silver, Read about silver;
3/8" dia. braided leather cord
Hallmark
stamped: THOMAS SINGER STERLING
Artist
Tommy Singer, Navajo

Authentic Native American vintage sterling silver and Turquoise with turquoise Bolo tie by Navajo artist Tommy Singer

Authentic Native American vintage sterling silver and Turquoise with turquoise Bolo tie by Navajo artist Tommy Singer

3/8" diameter braided cord and double ring slides.

We leave the natural patina on our pawn jewelry because many of our customers like the old "vintage" appearance. If you'd like to clean up your silver jewelry, new or old, check out our handy silver cleaning and polishing cloth.

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Paula says - "This vintage bolo was made in the 1970s by the late Navajo artist Tommy Singer."

Authentic Native American vintage sterling silver and Turquoise with turquoise Bolo tie by Navajo artist Tommy Singer

Authentic Native American vintage sterling silver and Turquoise with turquoise Bolo tie by Navajo artist Tommy Singer

Slide is 3" tall x 2" wide with 4 1/4" long tips including dangles.

Authentic Native American vintage sterling silver and Turquoise with turquoise Bolo tie by Navajo artist Tommy Singer

Tips have Tommy Singer's characteristic barrel beads with squash blossom dangles.

Authentic Native American vintage sterling silver and Turquoise with turquoise Bolo tie by Navajo artist Tommy Singer

Hook fastener at top ends so you don't have to slip the cord over your head.

Read about the origin of the bolo tie.

About Tommy Singer

Tommy Singer (1940-2014), was the son of a Navajo medicine man who taught him the art of making jewelry. Tommy grew up in a small community of Dilcon on the Navajo Reservation and began his silversmith career at age 21 by making silver overlay jewelry. He soon added turquoise stones to his work and this led to his inovation in the 1970s of the chip inlay method, where small pieces of turquoise and coral are mixed with epoxy to fill cavities in silver pieces. Chip inlay became very popular and continues to be used by countless Native American artists to this day.

Besides using traditional rug and sandpainting designs in his work Tommy made exceptional storyteller pieces in sterling silver and gold overlay. His colorful bead necklaces, which include many different stones as well as gold and silver barrel beads, are highly prized. Tommy Singer was one of the most accomplished and most popular Native American artists and his work is admired and collected the world over.

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.

Our Rescue Mission

We are in the vintage Native American jewelry rescue business and are passionate about finding new homes for used and vintage jewelry and artifacts. That's why we purchase Native American pieces from estates, inheritances, collection downsizing and New Old Stock (NOS) inventory from closed stores.

Often people contact us after taking a box of Native American jewelry to their local pawn shop and find that a pawn shop is mainly interested in melt value of the metals and not in preserving the beautiful historic pieces. To hear that people have considered selling these treasures for melt value makes us truly sad.

Melt value is usually far below what we would offer for the jewelry. Yet we can't pay retail price for items because of the time and cost involved in finding new homes for them. We have to research, often repair and restore the jewelry, photograph and list each item on our website, and sometimes hold pieces in inventory for years until the right buyer comes along.

We hope you'll find something special in our vintage shop that will complete yet another circle of our jewelry re-homing mission.

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