Old Pawn Zuni Bolo Ties for sale from the early 1900s to mid-century

Vintage Zuni Coral Knifewing KachinaIn the world of Southwestern Native artistry, "old pawn" refers to jewelry that holds coveted vintage status. This is notably true for early 1900s to mid-century Zuni bolo ties which offer a collectible link to indigenous heritage.

These silver bolo ties were previously pawned by Zuni Pueblo tribe members at Arizona trading posts during challenging economic times past. In exchange for cash or goods, Zuni families would pawn their hand crafted jewelry creations out of necessity just to endure. At trading shops the exquisite bolos, inlaid with turquoise or polished stones, would sit idly for months awaiting buyers while their pawn tickets accumulated.

Now over 75 years later, those same Zuni ties reemerge among collectors as glorious timeworn relics etched with the patina of age. Beyond displaying excellent old world silver techniques like delicate wire wrapping and stampwork, they encapsulate the resilient spirit of their Zuni makers. Iconic materials like dark Sleeping Beauty turquoise, spiderweb turquoise, and crimson coral reveal the harsh splendor of the Southwestern earth. Owning a certified old pawn vintage Zuni bolo with its latent history and minerals intact allows new stewards to safeguard an important and wondrous fragment of the past while honoring those who came before.

One major appeal lies in making historical connections through the silversmith hallmarks. Distinct Zuni artists like Willard Hubbard, Teddy Weahkee Sr., and Leekya Deyuse helped pioneer bolo tie crafting. Finding their C.H.F. stamped initials or trademark sigantures links a bolo directly to Zuni jewelry making legends. Enthusiasts admire and chase particular smith family styles.

The storytelling also emerges in the traditional Zuni designs. From double-sided Sunface patterns believed to harbinger fortune, to ominous Moth motifs signifying sacred summer solstices, the mini narratives etched into silver carry on ancestral lore. The distinct turquoise shades too, ranging from seafoam green Bisbee to inky blue Kingman blue gem pieces set by seasoned Zuni lapidarists, add cultural fingerprints.

Lastly, the exclusivity plays a role. Museum worthy vintage conditions mean only the finest craftsmanship withstands a century largely intact. Factoring in that 1930-40s peak old pawn era Zuni silversmith numbers topped just 200 makes finding pristine rarities a challenge. As accredited NM classics certified by multiple experts, outstanding early 20th century old pawn Zuni ties sit at the apex of American Indian art collecting. They remain prime artifacts exposing the uniqueness of Southwestern tribes.

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Old Pawn Zuni Bolo Ties