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Bolo, Novelty, Channel Inlay, Comanche, Quam, Hallmark, Vintage, 3022

A great bolo can go a long way in adding an element of awesome to an outfit -- it’s unexpected and impossible to ignore!

Created by renowned Zuni artisan Ralph Quam, this bold vintage bolo features a beautiful slide in the likeness of a Comanche chief crafted in intricate channel inlay using stones of black onyx, turquoise, spiny oyster, coral, and mother of pearl, outlined in sterling silver. The cord is a braided leather tipped with sterling silver aiguillettes. It’s an eye-catching piece on anyone -- guy or gal!

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 (1938-1971)
  • affiliation: Zuni
  • hallmarks: (applied plate) R. Quam
  • materials: sterling silver, turquoise, mother of pearl, coral, onyx, abalone, shell
  • measurements: 37" long, shield is 3 5/8" x 3"
  • weight: 51 grams
  • tension clamp: BENNETT PAT. PEND.
  • nice vintage condition
  • stones are secure in their settings
  • abrasions and surface wear commensurate with age
  • silver has a nice patina
  • wear from use
  • style: JN3022
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