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Mike or Sarah Simplicio - Zuni Sterling Silver
Vintage Inlay Horse Head Bolo Tie

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Vintage Zuni inlay horse head bolo tie

Tie 37" from tip to tip.

37" tip to tip
Mother of Pearl inlay,
2 Turquoise nuggets
34 grams
M. S. Zuni, NM
Mike or Sarah Simplicio, Zuni
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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.

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Vintage Zuni inlay horse head bolo tie

Back is signed with etching "M. S. Zuni, NM".

Bennett-style clasp.

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Mike or Sarah Simplicio
Vintage Zuni Sterling Silver
Inlay Horse Head Bolo - #BOL11

$250 SOLD

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Vintage Zuni inlay horse head bolo tie

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."

Vintage Zuni inlay horse head bolo tie

All Sterling Silver - slide and tips.

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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?

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.

Our Rescue Mission
Native American Indian Jewerly and Artifacts

Native American Jewelry blog tips and informationWe 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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