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Bolo, Inlay, Horse Profile, Turquoise, Mike Simplicio, Hallmark, Vintage, 1491

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This is a piece by the late Mark Simplicio, a talented Zuni artisan whose name you’ve likely heard if you’ve been a fan of DDR for long. The sterling silver slide features a striking inlay depiction of a horse in profile, crafted from tortoise shell and mother of pearl, accompanied by two stones of bright blue turquoise, all set in tiny serrated bezels. The cord is a traditional braided leather tipped with sterling silver aiguillettes. A fun, unique piece for any cowboy or cowgirl!

Mike Simplicio (1937 - 1976; Zuni). Active 1950s - 1970s. Nugget work; appliqué. The late Mike Simplicio shared marks with his wife Sarah Simplicio. Son of Dan Simplicio.

Marks: M (with a tilde); MIKE; M. SIMPLICIO; M. S.; M. S. SIMPLICIO
  • artist: Mike Simplicio, d
  • affiliation: Zuni
  • hallmark: M.B. Simplicio Zuni
  • materials: sterling silver, tortoise shell, mother of pearl, turquoise, vintage leather strap
  • dimensions of shield: 1 3/4" x 2"
  • length: 38"
  • weight: 41 grams
  • tension clamp marked BENNETT PAT. PEND
  • nice vintage condition
  • stones are secure in their settings
  • no stone chips or hairline fractures
  • light abrasions commensurate with age
  • silver has a nice patina
  • light wear from use
  • style: JN1491
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