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Vintage Wilson Begay Navajo Sterling Silver
Turquoise Shadowbox Bolo Tie
HK Item #BOL47

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Authentic Vintage Wilson Begay Navajo turquoise bolo tie

2 1/2" x 1 3/4"
67 grams
Sterling Silver, Read about silver;
Turquoise; Read about stones
Bennett-style clasp
Image of a hat
Wilson and Carol Begay, Navajo
Vintage, Pre-owned, stone intact with no cracks or chips, see photos for patina

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Authentic Vintage Wilson Begay Navajo turquoise bolo tie

Shadowbox with beautiful stamp work, cutout and silverwork.

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A dark or colored film of oxidation that forms naturally on metal by exposure to air and other elements. It is often valued for its aesthetically pleasing appearance. All items in our Vintage Shop have some patina, even NOS.
30 years or older.
New Old Stock. Made at least 20 years ago but never used.
An item that has been used.

Wilson Begay - Navajo
Vintage Sterling Silver
Turquoise Shadowbox Bolo Tie

#BOL47 - $745 SOLD

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Paula says - "This heavy shadowbox bolo by Wilson and Carol Begay is highly collectible. The brilliant turquoise stone, which looks to be from the Blue Gem mine, is set in a micro-serrated bezel. Comes with new black leather cord with sterling silver tips."

Authentic Vintage Wilson Begay Navajo turquoise bolo tie

Authentic Vintage Wilson Begay Navajo turquoise bolo tie

Bennett-style clasp.

Authentic Vintage Wilson Begay Navajo turquoise bolo tie

Comes with a new braided black leather cord with sterling silver tips.

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Wilson and Carol Begay, Navajo

Wilson Begay of Gallup, New Mexico is the acknowledged master of the art of sandcast jewelry. His well-known hallmark is a flat brimmed Navajo hat with WB under it. Wilson's father, Luke Begay, demonstrated the sandcast art to John Adair in the early 1930's when Adair was conducting a survey of native silversmiths for the Smithsonian Institute. Luke taught the skills of sandcasting to Wilson as a young man. Both of Carol's parents, Angela and Allen Chee, were also silversmiths. Wilson and Carol began working together in the 1960s and continue to make jewelry to this day, working out of their home in Gallup. They both create the designs, Wilson does the casting and foundation work, and Carol chooses the stones and sets them in bezels. Their two daughters, Nichole and Bonnie, are continuing the family tradition.


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.

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