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A. TOBIAS Matl style MEXICAN SILVER BRACELET repousse Cameo early design

on Apr 18, 2014 in archived

Early Tobias Mexican repousse bracelet, similar to Matilde Poulat’s first creations, it is wrought of 900 silver and probably hails from Mexico City. I believe that this is one of Tobias’s first pieces based on the raised initials “T.A.” that are part of the hallmarks and also on the style, date and workmanship. Not much is known about the specific maestro but I have had his work before and I am always impressed by its quality – not to mention by the fact that his creations belong in what came to be known as the school of Matilde Poulat. So if you love vintage Mexican jewelry and cameos as well, here is your opportunity to have both in one piece! Just note the proud, dramatic repoussage that forms the figure’s profile (for some reason, I can’t see it as nothing but a female profile despite the short haircut); the oxidation that makes every nook and cranny deeper and more pronounced; the stippling in the “cameo’s” background and the hand-wrought beauty of the stylized serpent scale links.

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Size/Weight: 7″ long (wearable); width between 2″ at center front and 5/8″ next to the clasp; 64.9 grams

Hallmarks/Date: maker’s initials “T.A.” in early raised letters as well as “900 MEXICO”; 1920s-30s

Condition: excellent vintage with great patina, superbly executed repousse and no flaws noted

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