early Rafael Melendez Taxco 980 silver and turquoise Bracelet ~ a Mexican Deco treasure

on Aug 26, 2016 in Bracelets, Mexican and Latin American


An early Taxco maestro and one of Spratling’s first silversmiths, Rafael Melendez worked in fine, 980 silver and his pre-1948 pieces are usually crafted out of heavy silver sheet with deeply chased details and a strong pre-Colombian feel to them. The bracelet at hand, decorated with a beautiful turquoise cabochon that has mellowed into a greenish blue over the years, has a pin closure to attest to its early age as well. Fantastic patina that I have hardly touched makes the etchings even more dramatic and when wearing it, one cannot escape the feeling that one is wearing a piece of Taxco history…


Size/Weight: 6  1/2″ long (wearable; perfect for medium to smaller wrists) by 1  1/8″ wide (at center front); 52.7 grams

Hallmarks / Date: bearing what Hougart hypothesizes might be Melendez’s earliest signature (as shown); 1939-1942 or a little later

Condition: excellent vintage, classic and a Taxco Deco collector’s must-have


Offered at $365.00

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