This exceptionally rare bolo tie is marked Bisbee Bob and with a faint Sterling stamp, and it is set with an incredible piece of turquoise from the Bisbee mine in Arizona. The Bisbee was a copper mine, but it also produced some of the highest quality turquoise known, of which the cabochon in this tie is a prime example. It has a beautiful color, some smoky and spider web patterns, and it probably never needed to be treated to make it harder, as even much of the better turquoise stone has to be, with few exceptions. I've seen a lot of turquoise in my time, but this is one of the few stones I've personally seen of this quality.
In addition to this, the story of Bisbee Bob adds meaning to this piece as well. His name was Robert Bradberry, and he was somewhat of a shady character who was in and out of trouble with the law during his life. He was not Native American, but sold his jewelry as if he was from the Copper Queen Hotel in Bisbee during the 1960's and 70's, and from other places during the 1980's. He has since passed, but the story of his shenanigans adds another layer to the history of this piece. (If you would like to see more information about Mr. Bradberry, just Google who was Bisbee Bob.)
This bolo is in very good condition, especially considering its age, and its centerpiece, which is decorated with hand stamping and silver balls, measures 2 inches tall by 1 1/2 inches at its widest point. The new leather tie is 36 inches long, not including the original sterling silver tips, which are each 2 1/4 inches long.
This unusual bolo is a collector's item, an heirloom, and a conversation piece all in one, and it can also be worn and enjoyed by any bolo lover, male or female, who wants a tie with history that is also breathtakingly beautiful due to its rare Bisbee stone.
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