An Alaskan Jade slider carved with the Alaska state flag is the centerpiece of this mid-century bolo tie. The nephrite jade is a lovely deep green with a few black inclusions and some swirls of lighter green. This is a large piece of jade, rectangular in shape with wonderful coloration. There is no setting other than the slide mechanism on the back, so the stone is truly the focal.
The jade features a hand-carved representation of the Alaska state flag depicting the stars of the Big Dipper constellation as well as the North Star. The lyrics of the Alaska State Song describe the design as "eight stars of gold on a field of blue," or in this case, on a field of green. The jade carving is not highly refined which is typical of the work which was being done in the Alaska Native villages for the 1950’s and 1960’s tourist trade. After that, most of the jade was sent to Asia to be carved and then was shipped back to Alaska. The jade carving is not signed which is also typical of the mid-century work done by Alaska Native artists.
The jade is a sizable piece, measuring 1 ¾ by 1 ¼ inches. The woven nylon cord is olive green, and the silver-tone tips are a traditional bola tie style. The cord measures 18 ½ inches from the center back to the tips or 37 total inches. Bolo ties are also known as bolero ties, bola ties or string ties. They are considered the original cowboy necktie and were traditionally worn as western wear. Recently, however, they have gained popularity as an accessory for both men and women. This bolo tie is in excellent vintage condition with the exception of a few light scratches on both the face and the back of the slider. This is a rare find—truly a unique bit of Alaskana.