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Antique Bolo Tie from 1940
 
Vintage or Antique bolo ties are highly collectible and they make the perfect gift. There is something elegant about bolo ties especially ones with age and character. Vintage accessories are truly in a class by themselves. And while bolos (or bolas, as they are sometimes called) are traditionally thought of as cowboy attire, it was Native American jewelers and silversmiths in particular who brought sophistication to this wearable art form whose acknowledged antecedent was a metal scarf slide worn by both Native American and Anglo men in the late 1890s and early 1900s.
 
Bolo ties have been around in the West for decades, although perhaps not in a prolific, public way. “They’re out there and even if nobody talked a lot about them, people wore them, often as evening dress-up attire,” Sandfield says. “People may not remember what the tie is called, but there frequently is a bolo buried in their closet. I tell them—take it out, dust it off, and wear it with pride.”
 
Bolo ties, representing the casual nature and somewhat rugged milieu of the West, emerged as a form of men’s neckwear in the 1940s. They directly countered business suits as well as the formality suits represented, and instead marked a different style and a different way of life. In particular, American Indian jewelers and silversmiths brought individuality and creativity to this art form, offering a broad range of unique and artistic options.
 
Western wear, including the bolo tie, was popularized through 1950s television shows and movies. Some TV and movie personalities who brought scarf slides and bolo ties into the everyday vernacular include the Cisco Kid, Hopalong Cassidy and Roy Rogers. Bolo ties have been created by American Indian jewelers since the late 1940s and they continue to create them today.
 
Nevertheless, bolo ties were haute couture in Western movies and mid-century TV shows, and through the decades have become a major expression of Native American artists including Charles Loloma, Hopi, and Norbert Peshlakai, Navajo. Bolo ties remain popular, and are even re-invented in unique mediums such as glass and ceramics. Be sure to attend the opening reception on June 28th bedecked in your favorite bolos – the more, the merrier!
 
 

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Antique Bolo Ties for sale

ZUNI STERLING Multi Stone HANDMADE THUNDERBIRD BOLO TIE Estate

ZUNI STERLING Multi Stone HANDMADE THUNDERBIRD BOLO TIE Estate
   $232.00
BENNETT Vintage Sterling XL Bolo Tie Horse Head Turquoise Pat. Pend. 151.6 gr #1

BENNETT Vintage Sterling XL Bolo Tie Horse Head Turquoise Pat. Pend. 151.6 gr #1
   $495.00
ZUNI STERLING MULTI STONE Inlay HANDMADE CROWNED KACHINA DANCER BOLO TIE Estate

ZUNI STERLING MULTI STONE Inlay HANDMADE CROWNED KACHINA DANCER BOLO TIE Estate
   $224.00
Vintage Native Pacific Northwest Tlingit Wolf Sterling Silver Bolo Tie

Vintage Native Pacific Northwest Tlingit Wolf Sterling Silver Bolo Tie
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Native American ZUNI Bolo Tie - Multi-Stone Inlay Bird

Native American ZUNI Bolo Tie - Multi-Stone Inlay Bird
   $228.00
Very Old ZUNI Hand-Wrought Sterling Silver Turquoise & Coral KNIFEWING BOLO

Very Old ZUNI Hand-Wrought Sterling Silver Turquoise & Coral KNIFEWING BOLO
   $415.29
Navajo Morgan Silver Dollar Turquoise Coral Sterling Silver Bolo Tie Signed DU

Navajo Morgan Silver Dollar Turquoise Coral Sterling Silver Bolo Tie Signed DU
   $225.00
ZUNI STERLING MULTI STONE Inlay HANDMADE Vintage KNIFEWING BOLO TIE Estate

ZUNI STERLING MULTI STONE Inlay HANDMADE Vintage KNIFEWING BOLO TIE Estate
   $299.00
Southwestern Turquoise Sterling Silver Bolo Tie Picto-Signed by Vic Cedarstaff

Southwestern Turquoise Sterling Silver Bolo Tie Picto-Signed by Vic Cedarstaff
   $650.00
LARGE OLD NAVAJO AZURITE & STERLING SILVER BOLO TIE,BENNETT BACK, ARIZ ESTATE

LARGE OLD NAVAJO AZURITE & STERLING SILVER BOLO TIE,BENNETT BACK, ARIZ ESTATE
   $275.00
NATIVE AMERICAN STERLING Silver Stamped Domed HANDMADE Vintage BOLO TIE Estate

NATIVE AMERICAN STERLING Silver Stamped Domed HANDMADE Vintage BOLO TIE Estate
   $428.00
RARE Santa Fe COYOTE CAFE Sterling Silver BOLO Tie, Black Leather Braided Cord

RARE Santa Fe COYOTE CAFE Sterling Silver BOLO Tie, Black Leather Braided Cord
   $395.19
ZUNI STERLING MULTI STONE Inlay HANDMADE Vintage Sunface KACHINA BOLO TIE

ZUNI STERLING MULTI STONE Inlay HANDMADE Vintage Sunface KACHINA BOLO TIE
   $267.00
Southwestern Cowboy Freemason Square & Compasses Sterling Silver Gold Bolo Tie

Southwestern Cowboy Freemason Square & Compasses Sterling Silver Gold Bolo Tie
   $750.00
HUGE OLD NAVAJO STERLING & TURQUOISE KACHINA KATSINA DANCER BOLO TIE, AZ ESTATE

HUGE OLD NAVAJO STERLING & TURQUOISE KACHINA KATSINA DANCER BOLO TIE, AZ ESTATE
   $425.00
ZUNI STERLING Stamped Multi Stone Inlay HANDMADE Vintage THUNDERBIRD BOLO TIE

ZUNI STERLING Stamped Multi Stone Inlay HANDMADE Vintage THUNDERBIRD BOLO TIE
   $327.00
BEAUTIFUL OLD SIGNED NAVAJO TURQUOISE & STERLING BOLO TIE,BENNETT BACK,AZ ESTATE

BEAUTIFUL OLD SIGNED NAVAJO TURQUOISE & STERLING BOLO TIE,BENNETT BACK,AZ ESTATE
   $275.00
ZUNI STERLING Multi Stone Inlay HANDMADE Vintage THUNDERBIRD BOLO TIE

ZUNI STERLING Multi Stone Inlay HANDMADE Vintage THUNDERBIRD BOLO TIE
   $350.00
VTG Mid-Century - Sterling Silver & Turquoise - Kachina - Bolo Tie - RL - Navajo

VTG Mid-Century - Sterling Silver & Turquoise - Kachina - Bolo Tie - RL - Navajo
   $450.00
Southwestern Vintage Sterling Silver Bola Tie  Animal Claw Coral

Southwestern Vintage Sterling Silver Bola Tie Animal Claw Coral
   $239.41
Vintage Large Sterling Silver Peace Dollar & Mercury Dime Bolo Tie

Vintage Large Sterling Silver Peace Dollar & Mercury Dime Bolo Tie
   $299.99
Indian Zuni Multi-Stone Inlay Eagle + Blue Jay Spinner Sterling Silver Bolo Tie

Indian Zuni Multi-Stone Inlay Eagle + Blue Jay Spinner Sterling Silver Bolo Tie
   $465.00
ZUNI A. DISHTA STERLING Multi Stone Inlay HANDMADE Vintage THUNDERBIRD BOLO TIE

ZUNI A. DISHTA STERLING Multi Stone Inlay HANDMADE Vintage THUNDERBIRD BOLO TIE
   $359.00
VTG MEN'S TURQUOISE CORAL 2 1/2

VTG MEN'S TURQUOISE CORAL 2 1/2" HAND Wrought Sterling Silver .925 BOLO Necklace
   $233.74
ZUNI A. DISHTA STERLING Multi Stone Inlay HANDMADE Vint THUNDERBIRD BOLO TIE #2

ZUNI A. DISHTA STERLING Multi Stone Inlay HANDMADE Vint THUNDERBIRD BOLO TIE #2
   $327.00
HOLLADAY STERLING SILVER JASPER / RED LINE AGATE  BOLA TIE AND BELT BUCKLE RARE

HOLLADAY STERLING SILVER JASPER / RED LINE AGATE BOLA TIE AND BELT BUCKLE RARE
   $1,180.00
ZUNI STERLING MULTI STONE Inlay HANDMADE Vintage THUNDERBIRD BOLO TIE Estate

ZUNI STERLING MULTI STONE Inlay HANDMADE Vintage THUNDERBIRD BOLO TIE Estate
   $375.00
 

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