This is a Zuni handcrafted dead pawn bolo tie by Rose Tekela. This Thunderbird bolo tie is created with Sleeping Beauty Mine Turquoise, Mother of Pearl, Red Coral and Polished Jet all crafted in Sterling Silver. The reverse of this piece is signed by Rose noted as RT and is stamped Sterling.
The main work of art measures approximately 2 15/16 inches tall by 2 3/16 inches wide at the tallest and widest points. The leather cord including the sterling silver tips measures approximately 45 inches.
Total weight of this piece including the center art, leather and tips is 52.3 grams.
The term Pawn refers to selling jewelry or other personal items for cash. It can also mean exchanging jewelry or other personal items for cash by using the item as collateral for a loan. If the piece used for collateral is not claimed by an agreed upon date, then the item becomes Dead Pawn and the pawn shop becomes the owner of the item and can choose to sell the item to reclaim the cost of the money lent. The term Dead Pawn does not indicate the age of the jewelry. Dead Pawn jewelry can be very old, newly made or anywhere in between.