This incredible inlaid bolo tie has a clasp that's stamped Bennett Pat. Pend. C-31, which dates it to being made sometime between 1957 and 1967, and no other marks. There are a few Zuni masters who have made bolo ties similar to this, but this detailed design is unique to the silversmith Joe Zunie, who was active during the 1960's and 1970's and didn't sign his earlier work. The craftsmanship in this tie is exceptional - the inlays are all present, and some of them have been carved to suggest texture, such as the feathers in the headdress and on the shields that the dancer is carrying. The part of the leather tie that goes around the neck has a flat section for comfort, and it has large silver tips. This piece is in excellent vintage condition, with workmanship and design to match.
The centerpiece of this bolo measures 3 3/4 inches at its tallest point and 2 5/8 inches at its widest, and the leather tie is 41 inches long, not including the tips, which are each 2 1/2 inches long. This bolo tie could easily be a museum piece, and it's definitely a collector's item and an heirloom that can also be worn and enjoyed.
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