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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

Southwestern Native American Indian Turquoise Sterling Silver Bolo Tie

Southwestern Native American Indian Turquoise Sterling Silver Bolo Tie
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Vintage Turquoise Nugget Bolo Tie Zuni Silver Snake 3.6oz Signed B.M. Martinez?

Vintage Turquoise Nugget Bolo Tie Zuni Silver Snake 3.6oz Signed B.M. Martinez?
   $275.00
Southwestern Native American Indian Green Turquoise Sterling Silver Bolo Tie

Southwestern Native American Indian Green Turquoise Sterling Silver Bolo Tie
   $215.00
Vintage Navajo Indian Bolo Tie - 3.5

Vintage Navajo Indian Bolo Tie - 3.5" Tall Silver Inlay Kachina
   $225.00
Native American Indian Turquoise Cobblestone Inlay Sterling Silver Bolo Tie

Native American Indian Turquoise Cobblestone Inlay Sterling Silver Bolo Tie
   $350.00
Vintage Yazzie Sterling Silver Inlaid Turquoise Bolo Tie Feathers White Buffalo!

Vintage Yazzie Sterling Silver Inlaid Turquoise Bolo Tie Feathers White Buffalo!
   $299.00
Vintage Southwestern Native American Indian Turquoise Sterling Silver Bolo Tie

Vintage Southwestern Native American Indian Turquoise Sterling Silver Bolo Tie
   $215.00
Vintage Southwest Sterling Silver Bolo Tie - Malachite - Extra long 46 1/2

Vintage Southwest Sterling Silver Bolo Tie - Malachite - Extra long 46 1/2" Tie
   $260.00
Native American Royston Turquoise Sterling Silver Stamped Bolo Tie S PARKER

Native American Royston Turquoise Sterling Silver Stamped Bolo Tie S PARKER
   $275.00
Vintage sterling silver inlaid Thunderbird bird bolo tie necklace signed Zuni

Vintage sterling silver inlaid Thunderbird bird bolo tie necklace signed Zuni
   $200.00
Vintage Sterling Silver Navajo Old Pawn Quality Ajax Turquoise and Coral Bolo

Vintage Sterling Silver Navajo Old Pawn Quality Ajax Turquoise and Coral Bolo
   $332.50
Vintage Southwest STERLING SILVER and TURQUOISE STONE Leather Bolo Tie by: EIISA

Vintage Southwest STERLING SILVER and TURQUOISE STONE Leather Bolo Tie by: EIISA
   $246.80
Vintage Turquoise and Coral Bolo in Silver on Velvet Rope

Vintage Turquoise and Coral Bolo in Silver on Velvet Rope
   $299.00
ZUNI STERLING MULTI STONE Vintage TURTLE BOLO TIE Estate

ZUNI STERLING MULTI STONE Vintage TURTLE BOLO TIE Estate
   $345.00
Vintage Southwestern Cow Skull Large Sterling Silver Leather Bolo Tie Necklace

Vintage Southwestern Cow Skull Large Sterling Silver Leather Bolo Tie Necklace
   $220.00
Native American High-Grade Spiderweb Royston Turquoise Sterling Silver Bolo Tie

Native American High-Grade Spiderweb Royston Turquoise Sterling Silver Bolo Tie
   $275.00
NATIVE AMERICAN STERLING Cutout Overlay HANDMADE Vintage HOPI DESIGN BOLO T

NATIVE AMERICAN STERLING Cutout Overlay HANDMADE Vintage HOPI DESIGN BOLO T
   $249.60
Native American ZUNI Bolo Tie - Multi-Stone Inlay Bird

Native American ZUNI Bolo Tie - Multi-Stone Inlay Bird
   $228.00
ZUNI STERLING MULTI STONE Inlay HANDMADE Vintage Sunface KACHINA BOLO TIE

ZUNI STERLING MULTI STONE Inlay HANDMADE Vintage Sunface KACHINA BOLO TIE
   $267.00
LARGE OLD NAVAJO AZURITE & STERLING SILVER BOLO TIE,BENNETT BACK, ARIZ ESTATE

LARGE OLD NAVAJO AZURITE & STERLING SILVER BOLO TIE,BENNETT BACK, ARIZ ESTATE
   $225.00
Vintage Bolo Tie with Turquoise Elk

Vintage Bolo Tie with Turquoise Elk
   $249.99
Southwestern Native American Lapis Sterling Silver Overlay Bolo Tie H HANEY

Southwestern Native American Lapis Sterling Silver Overlay Bolo Tie H HANEY
   $235.00
NATIVE AMERICAN STERLING Cut Out Overlay Domed HANDMADE Vintage BOLO TIE Estate

NATIVE AMERICAN STERLING Cut Out Overlay Domed HANDMADE Vintage BOLO TIE Estate
   $340.00
Vintage Navajo Handmade Sterling Silver  & Turquoise Bolo Tie

Vintage Navajo Handmade Sterling Silver & Turquoise Bolo Tie
   $350.00
Vintage Zuni Bolo Tie Sterling Silver With Turtle Shell, Turquoise

Vintage Zuni Bolo Tie Sterling Silver With Turtle Shell, Turquoise
   $270.00
 VINTAGE NAVAJO Silver & TURQUOISE Western Native American BOLO TIE Cowboy

VINTAGE NAVAJO Silver & TURQUOISE Western Native American BOLO TIE Cowboy
   $247.00
NATIVE AMERICAN STERLING Carved TURQUOISE Inlay HANDMADE BOLO TIE Estate

NATIVE AMERICAN STERLING Carved TURQUOISE Inlay HANDMADE BOLO TIE Estate
   $345.00
 

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