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Bolo, Inlay, Horse, Zuni, Helen & Lincoln Zunie Hallmark, Vintage, 1968

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This beautiful vintage bolo is the work of renowned jewelry artisan couple Helen & Lincoln Zunie, well known for their inlay work, usually in cow and horse motifs. The slide features a depiction of a saddled horse beautifully crafted in chip inlay style using stones of turquoise, shell, and black onyx, set in sterling silver. The cord is a traditional braided leather with sterling silver aiguillettes.

Lincoln Zunie (1938-1983, Zuni). Active 1960s-1970s. Channel inlay; figural inlay, often horse or cow motifs.  Father of Patty Zunie Edaakie. Brother of Joe and William Zunie. Lincoln Zunie shared the stamp with his wife Helen Zunie (d). 

Mark: H-L ZUNIE

Helen Zunie (? - 2008; Zuni). Active 1960s - 1970s. Channel inlay, figural inlay, often horse or cow motifs. Helen Zunie shared the stamp with her husband, Lincoln Zunie.

Mark: H - L  ZUNIE

  • artist: Helen & Lincoln Zunie, (deceased)
  • affiliation: Zuni
  • hallmarks: applied plate: H-L Zunie
  • materials: sterling silver, onyx, shell, turquoise, leather cord
  • measurements: shield: 2 1/2" x 3", cord: 40"
  • weight: 54 grams
  • closure: clamp
  • nice vintage condition
  • stones are secure in their settings
  • abrasions and surface wear commensurate with age
  • silver has a nice patina 
  • light wear from use
  • style: JN1968
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