My favorite design in Native American artistry is the round cluster, and here we have an Old Pawn bolo tie in a cluster setting made with seven cabochons of the most gorgeous green turquoise with just the slightest hints of pale blue, the center cab surrounded by two borders of twist wire, and silver raindrops separating the six surrounding cabs. And to underline just how gorgeous the turquoise is, the piece is finished off with two cabs of the same gorgeous turquoise hanging off the tips at the bottom. One of the most stunning bolos I've ever had the honor of owning. The piece was heavily tarnished on the back, yet you can still make out the hallmark, ST, with the T slightly lower. There are a few ST hallmarks, and there is one with the T slightly offset, which is Navajo Sammy Smith, and I have no idea why he is not SS, but he is ST! Because this does not have a Bennett clasp in the back to move the slide up and down the lariat, chances are it is pre-mid 1950s when the Bennett started to be used in jewelry making. And it could be older. The original lariat did break from age and wear and has been been replaced by a new one. (I am happy to send the broken lariat along with the piece as additional proof of age.)
The bolo "slide" (the main part of the bolo tie) measures about 1-3/4" tall by 1-1/2" wide and 3/16" thick not including the wire holders in the back. The largest cabs are those at the tips, and they measure 5/8" long by just under 1/2" wide and are quite round and protrude out over 1/4". The center cab in the cluster is just a hair smaller than the tip cabs, and the surrounding ones vary but are all in the vicinity of slightly less than 1/2" tall by around 1/4" wide. They too all protude out close to 1/4". Silver tips and silver foundation do not magnetize, yet no sterling hallmark.
Amazing turquoise, vanishing Old Pawn!
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