This silver Native American bolo tie has tested as sterling, as have its tips, and it is marked PL for Phillip Long, the Native American silversmith who made it. His mother was the well-known Navajo jeweler Helen Long, who made many yei or kachina figures, and this one has a similar theme. What is unusual about this figure is that it was put in a shadowbox type of setting which has hand-stamped decoration, but it has all the details that are characteristic of the work of both mother and son. The figure has a headdress of three turquoise cabochons, with another one on its skirt, and its eyes are turquoise also. It is very detailed, with well-made clothing and separate arms and legs, and one hand holds a prayer feather while the other has a rattle. This rare and unique tie, which was most likely made in the 1960's or 1970's, is in very good condition, with all of its parts intact, a slight patina from age, and no damage or problems anywhere.
The centerpiece of this bolo is 2 3/4 inches tall and 2 1/8 inches at its widest point, and its black leather tie is 36 inches long, not including the tips, which are each 2 1/4 inches long. This bolo tie is unusual for this maker, but it has all the quality of workmanship and design that you would expect in his pieces, and it would make a great addition to the collection of anyone who loves classic and authentic Native American bolos.
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