W or M under / over rising sun Bolo Tie

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coreya
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W or M under / over rising sun Bolo Tie

Postby coreya » Sat Aug 05, 2017 4:32 pm

Picked this Bolo Tie up at a garage sale and it tests as silver but I cannot find the maker. Any help would be appreciated.
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Re: W or M under / over rising sun Bolo Tie

Postby AG2012 » Sat Aug 05, 2017 5:20 pm

Hi,
The mark is upside down, more probably ``M`` because there was an example with ``Sterling`` over ``M``.
Not identified.
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coreya
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Re: W or M under / over rising sun Bolo Tie

Postby coreya » Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:16 pm

I thought it odd that a symbol associated with a rising sun would be placed below a letter ( M ) rather than above a letter ( W ) and I saw the example you mentioned but was hoping something new had popped up. Thanks

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Re: W or M under / over rising sun Bolo Tie

Postby Aguest » Sun Aug 06, 2017 1:38 am

Could be either M or W so best to check both those letters in the hallmark books :::

Found this one which is listed as "Unidentified" and seeking help to find similar pieces or perhaps someone who worked alongside this maker...

Of course, now the upload is failing, but it was a "sunshine symbol over an M" very similar to yours, with a "Sterling" in italics underneath it....

I will try to upload the photo tomorrow, the image loading software sometimes works well and sometimes it fails....

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Re: W or M under / over rising sun Bolo Tie

Postby Aguest » Sun Aug 06, 2017 1:46 am

Doesn't match exactly the hallmark I was looking at, so I guess for now your hallmark is unidentified, but the silversmithing work on your bolo is very high quality, so I would be surprised if an expert on Native American jewelry could not find the maker. The books on Native American jewelry are still the authority, and the internet only has an incomplete listing at the "Art-Ameridian" website, so I wouldn't be surprised if a maker was found.

The silver inlay pattern on the cheek of the Native American does seem more like the Hopi tradition of silversmithing, that is an interesting detail.
However, given the overall structure of the piece, it could also be Navajo.

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Re: W or M under / over rising sun Bolo Tie

Postby coreya » Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:47 am

Thanks I will keep looking!


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