Very Unique Piece! The scorpion is encased inside the clasp of the bolo tie. The aiguillettes are in good shape. I am unsure as to what material they are made from, but I know that they are NOT silver. The braided leather tie has a small chunk that has been frayed due to the clasp rubbing on it. I removed that part from the clasp in case the next owner wanted to try to repair it in some way. Items are sold as is and are priced accordingly to our standards.