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antique Chinese silver gilt wedding Bracelet with carved pai gow tiles cricket, phoenix and dragon symbols

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Antique, late 19th or early 20th c, I believe, Chinese wedding bracelet wrought in gilded silver with three figural carved pai gow tile panels set in raised bezels. The panels are almost identical and feature symbols that are auspicious to newlyweds, namely a cricket, a dragon and a phoenix. The silver frame is beautifully worked with intricate cut-outs and repousse prunus flowers. I think the tiles are made of cow bone that has beautifully mellowed over the years thus adding to the sculpturality of the carvings and the same is the case with the gilding. Precious indeed…   Size/Weight: 7″ long (wearable); width between 1 3/4″ and 5/8″; 46.8 grams Hallmarks / Date: “CHINA SILVER”; late 19th – opening decades of 20th c. Condition: very good vintage with great patina in both the silver and the bone, quite ornate and nicely carved, with some small losses in the figural panels and possibly in the two silver links as well but I am not sure of that   Offered at $535.00 Contact us about this...

sleek Pedro Castillo Mexican silver Bracelet ~ layered Taxco modernist design

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Vintage Pedro Castillo sterling Taxco bracelet in a layered modernist design showcasing the impeccable craftsmanship and attention to detail and finishing his jewelry is known and collected for. A talented member of the famous Los Castillo family he worked for both Spratling and Hector Aguilar and in the 1940s opened his own taller.  Carefully cut out motifs, oxidation and wonderful patina, an eye-catching, masterfully executed design – what is there more to desire?   Size/Weight: 7″ long (wearable) by 1  5/8″ wide; 64.0 grams. Hallmarks / Date: fully and appropriately hallmarked with Pedro Castillo’s signature (albeit double-stamped) alongside des. no 126; early 1940s Condition: excellent vintage, very impressive to look at, comfortable to wear and having no damage or repairs   Offered at $365.00 Contact us about this...

massive Maciel style Mexican silver repousse Cuff Bracelet ~ a real Deco stunner

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Deco Mexican silver repousse cuff bracelet in the style associated with Maciel and Sanborn’s this is an anonymous piece yet possible the most massive, jaw-dropping example I have ever had. Hand-wrought out of thick sterling sheet, its repoussage is bold and perfect, Aztec roses, leaves and branches taking up almost the entire surface. This is a cuff for the daring female and an early Mexican masterpiece…   Size/Weight: 7  1/2″ inner circumference (including the 1  1/16″ gap); 3  5/8″ wide; 121.9 grams Hallmarks / Date: “MADE IN MEXICO” (the last word only partially stamped) and “STERLING”; 1930s Condition: excellent vintage with stupefying proportions, masterfully crafted, with patina to die for and no damage or repairs   Offered at $650.00 Contact us about this...

rare long Mexican silver Etruscan style Necklace with barrel beads and turquoise

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Though Etrscan style pieces are not uncommon within the field of vintage Mexican silver jewelry to find an Opera length necklace comprised of floret-studded sterling barrel beads, turquoise beads and lengths of hand-wrougth chain is quite rare so I am thrilled to be presenting this example here. The maestro who made it, listed albeit only by his initials, worked in Cuernavaca where many of the Mexican Etruscan pieces I have had in the past originated. Perfect patina, no florets or little beads missing, nice color in the unpolished turquoise beads and generous length elevate this necklace to the realm of coveted treasures. A stunning, difficult to find necklace…   Size/Weight: just above 35″ long; barrel beads are 1/2″ in diameter; 60.8 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials “S.D.” alongside Eagle 108; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with no flaws noted – rare and impressive   SOLD – Thank you! Contact us about this...

Sigi Pineda Mexican silver and obsidian multi-strand pearl Necklace

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In my world there is nothing more classy than a multi-strand pearl necklace and when it’s made by Sigi Pineda and the “pearls” are silver with a matte finish, I feel like I am in heaven. The epitome of versatility, the four-strand treasure at hand can be worn as shown or, alternatively, you can use its clasp as a brooch and also as a pendant with your favorite vintage chain. The stone that adorns it is a polished obsidian with warm golden depths. And I promise you, this is a very comfortable necklace – it wears like silk, keeps its position around the neck divinely – and it is also very easy to clasp… Learn more Size/Weight: approx. 16  1/2″ long (wearable; this is the length of the shortest strand clasped into position); the circumference of the longest strand (again clasped into position and measuring the brooch as well) is approx 24″; beads are just shy of 3/8″ in diameter; the width of the four strands together around the neckline is about 1  1/4″; pin/pendant is 2  3/4″ by 1  5/8″; 196.6 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature in script above “Tasco” as shown as well as des. no 314, “STERLING” and a badly stamped Eagle assay mark; 1950s-60s Condition: excellent vintage with regal presence, very classy, with a beautiful obsidian cabochon, fantastic patina and no flaws noted ON HOLD – please inquire! Contact us about this...

Sigi Pineda Mexican silver and two pearls Cuff Bracelet ~ a Taxco modernist gem

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Slick, modernist Sigi Pineda sterling silver and pearls cuff bracelet, the two pearls lifted above their oxidized background and showcased in a shadow-box asymmetrical opening. This is Sigi at one of his best moments, I believe, the choice of materials a favorite of mine and a combination that Antonio Pineda also benefited from during his career… Learn more Size/Weight: 6  3/4″ inner circumference (including the 1  3/8″ gap); 1  1/16″ at center front; 51.6 grams Hallmarks / Date: Sigi’s signature in script above “Tasco” as well as “MADE IN MEXICO TAXCO”, Eagle 1 assay mark and des. no 57; 1950s Condition: excellent vintage, sheer pleasure to wear, with softly glowing patina and its oxidation and pearls in great shape Offered at $775.00 Contact us about this piece...

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