This eye-catching piece of men’s fashion is a cool old vintage bolo tie (circa 1955) with a hand-tied fly-fishing lure cast in Lucite. The cord is made of cloth with its end cones of silver. The bolo tie is in very good vintage condition, free of any cracks or chips to the Lucite.
For those unfamiliar with the material, Lucite is the “queen of diversity,” appearing in many forms, colors and styles in jewelry from the 1940s to today, although it was most popular during the 1940s and 50s. Lucite is an acrylic resin, and one type of thermoset plastic (Bakelite is another, although Bakelite is a phenol formaldehyde resin). A brief aside here to clear up a point: the term “thermoset” does not refer to a specific form or style of plastic; it is a broad-based term referring to any plastic that, once heated and formed, cannot be melted a second time and reformed. Although clear in its original state, as with this reverse-carved roses brooch, Lucite can be tinted virtually any color, in ranges from transparent to opaque, with a few interesting variations along the way.
This rare bolo tie makes a real fashion statement, especially for those days when one goes fishing or participates in other outdoor sports. Also, it makes for an unusual piece for anyone’s bolo tie collection.