Tie 37" from tip to tip.
This bolo was made by either Mike or Sarah Simplicio, Zuni Silversmiths and Lapidarists. Their shared hallmark was first used in 1975. Mike (1937-1991) learned the craft from his father noted Zuni artist Dan Simplicio. Mike was active as a silversmith from the 1950s to the 1970s. He taught the art to his wife Sarah.
Back is signed with etching "M. S. Zuni, NM".
or Sarah Simplicio
Paula says - "A stunning white Mother of Pearl horse set against a dramatic black jet background. The horse's halter is inlay of jet and sterling silver. There are two lovely turquoise stones set in serrated bezels."
All Sterling Silver - slide and tips.
We recently purchase a vintage Native American collection from an acquaintance who had inherited his grandmother's jewelry. To the best of his knowledge, his grandmother acquired the pieces in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. from Navajo and Zuni artists in Arizona and New Mexico and from local Native American jewelry dealers in California.
We have found many artists hallmarks on the items and recognize the work of a number of artists. On others we will provide all of the information we can and welcome questions. Some of the items were obvious favorites and were worn often and have a warm patina while others were treasured, collected, stored in a drawer, and look almost new. As we list these pieces, we will differentiate between them and our new Native American jewelry by using a different color page and by calling these "Pawn" even though they technically are not Pawn, but that is often a word used to describe pre-owned vintage Native American jewelry. Read more about Indian Pawn.
What is a Bolo Tie?
A 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:
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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