Monday, October 17, 2011

My Dad's Bolo Collection...

Me & Dad Ready for the Rodeo....
for as long as I can remember...Dad has worn Bolo Ties!
Do you know what a Bolo is? 
A Bolo Tie is known as a Western Necktie! There are few facts to give you on the history of the Bolo Western Tie. But there are thousands of styles and both Men and Woman wear them. They have been popular since the late 40's-50's. Arizona made the Bolo Tie the official neckwear for the State in 1971. In New Mexico, in 1987, the Bolo Tie was designated as it's official neck wear. Followed by the state of Texas in 2007. In the 1950's the Bolo Tie was known as Bootlace Ties in the United Kingdom. Argentina's name for the Bolo Tie is known as the Lariat Tie. Bolo's have been worn all over the world; USA, UK, Argentina, China, Korea, Japan and more. But, it is always considered Western Wear.
The History of the Bolo Tie
There's a story about a Silversmith from Wickenburg, Arizona by the name of Victor Emanuel Cedarstaff with claims that say he invented the Bolo Tie in the late 1940's.

 (The patent photo above, patent #896217 was filed May24,1954 and awarded to Ceadarstaff on July, 28, 1959.)
The story goes as this; Victor was riding, (in the Bradshaw Mountains in Arizona),  his horse one day when his hat blew off. Wary of losing his silver hat band, (which had a valuable turquoise & silver buckle) he slipped it around his neck. His companion joked, "That's a nice-looking necktie you're wearing, Vic".
 An idea was born, and Cedarstaff soon fashioned the first Bolo Tie. the name of the tie was derived from the boleadora, an Argentine lariat. *Boleadora's or Bola (Spanish origin) are throwing weapons made of weights attached to the end of cords.
This Bolo Tie is quite old, it belonged to my great Uncle Dell. He gave this to my father in the late 1960's-early70's.  You can tell it has some age on it!
It's got some Vintage Style...
There is another story regarding a man named, Manny Goodman from Albuquerque, New Mexico. In the 1930's owned a New Mexico Indian Craft Store called The Covered Wagon. Goodman recalls local Navajo, Zuni and Hopi Indians, who would come into the store during this time wearing scarves with clasps around their necks. These had decorative stones and/or a silver conch with slides on them, making them adjustable.
**Both of these stories are argued among many....
*We bought this Bolo Tie for Dad's Leap Year Birthday. It is carved out of an Elk antler. The artist is very talented. This is "one" of Dad's favorites. Mine too! 

See all the "Bolo Tie" Photos ...More Below...
All photos belong to NeeCee @ Pine Creek Style
Some of my Dad's Bolo Tie Collection; above & below.

This photo is of my Father in-law wearing one of his Bolo Ties.
Many generations of family members (on both sides) have worn Bolo Ties over the years. 
It is said that the Bolo Tie is a North American pioneer creation that dates back to between 1866 and 1886. There is a Bolo Tie on display at a trading post in New Mexico that dates to that time period.
The Arizona Bolo Tie Society has a rotating collection of more than 250 historic Bolo Ties showcased at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum.
Aglets (Aiguillettes) are the decorative ends, usually metal, on the Bolo Ties. These can be just as decorative as the slide. Below are some examples of different styles of aglets.
 Tips are made of all types of material, but most are made of metal.
 Above are some examples of abalone shell and antler horn tips.
This Bolo slide is an Indian arrowhead mounted on an agate.
My Dad made this slide. The arrowhead came from his grandparents homestead. Which gives the Bolo genuine sentimental value.
One of my favorites!
Dad made this one too, with "stuff" he had on hand.
 His cowboy looks like he's on a wild ride in the desert terrain.
This one reminds me of Grand-Dad's belt buckle!
This Bolo belonged to Grand-Dad (Dad's father) he got this at the Calgary Stampede in Canada. It was my grandparents first trip back "home" since "Moving to the States" years before. So...this Bolo dates back to 1948-1950. This Bolo is in excellent shape, it looks brand new! It seems to be a favorite of many, as my Dad ALWAYS gets compliments and comments on this BOLO!
This is another favorite of mine, it is only 3-4 years old. He bought this at a friends store here in town. Looks good with his blue eyes!
Dad Really Shows-off His Bolo's with Style...
*Photo found in the 2009 edition, "Scenes of Red Bluff" Magazine.

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