Hello and thank you for your interest in our inventory. Today I’m pleased to offer you this BEAUTIFUL Zuni – Ray & Bernice Wyaco, Sterling Silver and Multi Stone Channel Inlay Hopi Bird Bolo. This bolo is inlaid with Turquoise, Coral, Mother-Of-Pearl and brown shell. There is a hallmark on the back that reads RB. This is an early Ray & Bernice bolo. We know this for a couple of reasons. First on the back of the bolo clasp it is stamped BENNETT PAT. PEND C-3. Which was only produced between 1957-1967. Second the brown shell wasn’t used passed 1973. So since Ray & Bernice started making jewelry in the 1960s. We can assume that this bolo was produced in the 1960s to the early 1970s.
Ref., American Indian Jewelry III: M-Z 2,100 Artist Biographies BY GREGORY SCHAFF ASSISTED BY ANGIE YAN SCHAAF
Ray Wyaco (Raymond Wyaco) (engraved Ray & Bernice L. Wyaco, Zuni; stamped R & B; RAY & EVA WYACO) (Zuni, active ca. 1960s-80s+: carved, raised, mosaic inlay, needlepoint jewelry)
FAMILY: husband of Bernice Leekity Wyaco, then Eva Wyaco
FAVORITE DESIGNS: mountain lions, black panthers, flowers
PUBLICATIONS: Bassman 1992:41, 45; Wright 2000:183.
In the 1970s, Ray Wyaco created carved, raised, mosaic inlay jewelry with Bernice L. Wyaco. In the 1980s, he created needlepoint jewelry with Eva Wyaco.
A WONDERFUL ADDITION TO ANYONE'S COLLECTION…
Inventory #: 649ZUN100
Bolo Size: H. 3" x W. 2 1/4" x Hangs 19"
Artist/Hallmark: Ray & Bernice Wyaco / RB
Condition: Excellent Vintage Condition,
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