Vintage Native American ~ Navajo ~ sterling silver bolo, featuring an Apache Mountain Spirit / Crown Dancer / Ghan Dancer / Kachina. Inlaid with turquoise, coral, & shell with simple applied silver work. The bolo measures 2-1/2 by 2. The silver bolo tips measure 2-1/4 long. Hallmarked HANDMADE B. LARGO. My hallmark book indicated that B. Largo is/was Navajo
Excellent vintage condition and patina. As is the case more often that not with the earlier Native American jewelry, the bolo is not marked for silver content nor maker. However, it tests positive as coin silver (.900/90%) or sterling silver (.925/92.5%).
The bolo slide on the backs on Native American bolos can aid in determining the age of a vintage bolo. Bolos were not made much before the 1930's. During that time, the backs of bolos were made with coin silver wires, not sterling. 1941 was the year sterling came into play. Bolos marked with a Bennett Pat Pend C31 slide were made between 1957 until some time in 1967. Slides marked with a Bennett Pat Pend slide were made from 1967 - 1983. Sometime in 1983 saw the elimination of the stamped Bennett slide.
This bolo has a Bennett Pat Pend C-31 slide, indicating that the bolo was made between 1957- 1967. From a private collection that we acquired from a local auction house.