Vintage Thingees Thursday ~ Bolo Ties

My husband’s father Rex had a few fun Bolo Ties that ended up coming to us.  These are my contribution for Vintage Thingees Thursday this week.


A bolo tie (sometimes bola tie) is a type of necktie consisting of a piece of cord or braided leather with decorative metal tips or aglets (aiguillettes) secured with an ornamental clasp or slide.

In the United States bolo ties are widely associated with Western wear, and are generally most common in the western areas of the country. Bolo tie slides and tips in silver have been part of Hopi, Navajo, and Zuni silversmithing traditions since the mid-20th century.

The bolo tie was made the official neckwear of Arizona in 1971. New Mexico passed a non-binding measure to designate the bolo as the state’s official neckwear in 1987. On March 13, 2007, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson signed into law that the bolo tie is now the state’s official tie.

In the United Kingdom, bolo ties are known as bootlace ties. They were popular with 1950s Teddy Boys, who wore them with drape suits.

Along with other 1950s fashions, bolo ties were revived as part of the Rockabilly look in the 1980s.

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20 thoughts on “Vintage Thingees Thursday ~ Bolo Ties

  1. An almost wardrobe essential for the men here in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. They wear them every year during the Calgary Stampede… not just at the corral, but in downtown corporate offices as well!

  2. I think my grandfather had some of these, and darn it, now I wonder what happened to them. I really like those you posted. They reminded me of my grandfather….I’m going to ask someone if they have my grandfathers.

  3. Oh my goodness.. I remember when these were all teh rage! Fun to see all of yours. And you have gorgeous photographs. Very clear and big! I like that a lot in a blog. 🙂

  4. My father wore those when he and mom square danced. I thought Arti #7 had an interesting comment about Stampede week ….even corporate ties are exchanged for them.

  5. i live in ireland i have an old black onyx one i love rockabilly and country,very hard things to come by here,i will put one on my wish list

  6. very nice. i have about 20 bolos. i love to wear them around. collecting them has been a joy. i have seen 10’s of 1000’s. occasionally i will find one irresistible and have to buy it. i think about the artist who created it years ago and i am just carried away with fascination! some of the pieces i have were nearly black with tarnish when i got them. it only adds to the charm to know that they were worn and handled so much. so it’s always an honer to be the next thrilled owner to get to wear it. my favorites are the 50’s Navajo designs when many of the styles were still the experimental stages and therefore one of a kind. there are not a lot of these oldies from the 50’s and 60’s out there. so beautiful though once found.

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