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Vintage Inlay Antelope Bolo


Item Number: DR 112
Pueblo: Zuni Pueblo
Artist: Unknown and unsigned: Attributed to Leo Pablano by the previous owner, we believe it is a Dewa.
Medium: Sterling silver with turquoise jet, spiny oyster, mother of pearl, pipestone and abalone
Age: Circa 1940s – 1950s
Dimensions: 4 ¾” X 3 ¾” with a bolo string of 40” end to end; the tips are 1 ½” in length



This is a magnificent vintage bolo with beautifully detailed inlay work of several semi-precious stones set on sterling silver. Although this piece is not signed, it is very definitely made by a master craftsman. The stones are natural and in excellent condition.  The twisted wire and silver raindrops add beautiful detail surrounding the stones. The inlay work has been expertly set in the sterling silver backing.

There are two traders codes scratched on the back. One appears to be an earlier marking of “pncm” with the  obvious RT 147 overlapping a portion of the letters.

Condition: Marvelous condition for being over 75 years old and it has appropriate wear. It appears that the slide clasp has been replaced at some time with a Bennett clasp. I do not believe it is the original one. There appears to be a hairline crack on the jet on the right antelope horn, but it does not affect the stability of the stone.

Provenance: Purchased at Silver Day Trading from Dayton Simmons, turquoise expert. He received it from a private collector who is downsizing due to health reasons. She originally purchased this marvelous piece as a Leo Pablano but after extensive research, we believe it is a Dewa instead.

Additional information

Weight 4 oz