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Bolo & Belt Set, Inlay, Comanche Dancer, Mixed Stones, Hallmark, Vintage, 1490

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Ralph Quam (1914-deceased; Zuni). Mosaic inlay; incised faces; Comanche figural heads. Ralph Quam shared some marks with his wife Fannie Quam.

Marks:R. Q (etched); R. QUAM; R & F; R & F QUAM

  • artist: Raymond "Ralph" Quam
  • affiliation: Zuni
  • hallmarks: (applied plate) R. QUAM, ZUNI, bolo is unmarked but also by the same artisan
  • materials: sterling silver, onyx, mother of pearl, turquoise, orange spiny oyster shell, leather, tortoise shell
  • measurements: buckle: 3" x 2", shield: 2 1/2" x 2 1/4", belt length: 32"
  • weight: buckle: 50 grams, bolo: 42 grams
  • unmarked tension clamp
  • nice vintage condition
  • stones are secure in their settings
  • no stone chips 
  • hairline fracture to one onyx stone but is secure
  • stone abrasions commensurate with age
  • silver has a nice patina 
  • light wear
  • style: JN1718
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