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Los Castillo Mexican Deco silver tussie mussie Pin Brooch, cornucopia

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Deco Los Castillo sterling silver repousse “tussie mussie” brooch, this is a darling piece, evocative of times when people were more romantic and took the time to show it in the way they dressed. Shaped like a cornucopia, the brooch is open at the top of the horn so that – at least that was the idea – the wearer could put a small flower in it or even a tiny little bouquet. I love these little touches of yesterday’s world, obsolete as what they represent might be…   Size/Weight: 2 3/4″ tall by 2 1/16″ wide; 26.5 grams Hallmarks / Date: marked with the taller’s early signature in straight line as well as “TAXCO”, “STERLING MEXICO” and des. no 110; 1940s Condition: excellent vintage with no flaws or repairs noted, great sculpturality in the repoussage, fantastic patina that is enhanced with oxidation and very...

classic Fred Davis Mexican Deco silver obsidian “mask” Pin Brooch

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Classic Fred Davis Mexican silver brooch from the designer’s Deco period, its tiered triangular platform holding in place a carved, minimalist “mask” of golden sheen obsidian. If there is one design that epitomizes Davis’s work and his aesthetics, I believe that the “mask” it is. Absolutely Deco – even in the combination of silver with a black stone – this is a small work of art and a brooch that defies the whims of time and fashion. The very essence of elegance…   Size/Weight: 1 7/8″ wide by 1 1/8″ tall; 14.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: signed with Davis’s conjoined initials as shown as well as “SILVER” and “MADE IN MEXICO”; 1920s-30s Condition: excellent vintage with a flawless mask, geometry that has you go back and look over and over again, with great patina and no damage or repairs noted  ...

Margot de Taxco Mexican silver enamel Pin Brooch ~ the fan dancer

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Within the realm of Deco Egyptian Revival jewelry albeit toward the very end of the period this Margot de Taxco silver and enamel figural brooch glows like molten gold under the sun. The rich hue of the exotic dancer’s attire is set off dramatically against chocolate skin and the sky blue jewels around the figure’s neck and on the ears are reflected in the fabric and the fans as well. Masterful and enigmatic – is this a man or a woman?   Size/Weight: 1  3/4″ tall by 1  3/8″ wide; 13.3 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature albeit only partially stamped as well as Eagle 16 assay mark and des. no 5708; 1950s Condition: very good vintage with an amazing inner glow that will sweep you off your feet, exhibiting all the characteristics that make Margot jewelry avidly collected, with the enamel in great shape – no cracks or breaks, just a very very...

A. Tobias Deco Mexican silver repouse Pin Brooch ~ dragon with onyx

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A contemporary of Matilde Poulat’s, maestro A. Tobias was based in Mexico City as well and worked in the same style of repoussage that Matl is known for. I have watched his jewelry go up in price over the last ten years as he emulated many of Poulat’s original designs yet his creativity and craftsmanship is evident in his own creations as well. The mythical dragon brooch at hand with its bold, stippled repoussage and the sculptural black onyx stone its body is coiled around is such an example. Great detail, generous proportions, oxidation that combines with patina to bestow an impressive three-dimensionality to the beast. Could this be your Mexican… Game of Thrones dragon?   Size/Weight: 2 1/4″ tall by 2 5/8″ wide; 24.7 grams Hallmarks / Date: “A.TOBIAS” as well as “MEXICO STERLING”; 1930s Condition: excellent vintage, very...

classic Hector Aguilar 940 Mexican silver Pin Brooch

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Classy Hector Aguilar silver brooch wrought in the maestro’s favorite .940 alloy which is higher in precious metal content than sterling, this piece has a beguiling sculpturality and takes advantage of a rich combination of motifs. Overlapping ribbons, hearts and quatrefoils all run into each other in uninterrupted motion and glow with the warm patina of well-loved silver. One of my favorite Aguilar brooch designs – timelessly elegant and superbly crafted…   Size/Weight: approx. 2″ square; 21.0 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully and appropriately signed as shown; 1950s Condition: excellent vintage with the quality that Aguilar jewelry is known and collected for, great patina that literally glows, no damage or repairs noted     Offered at $385.00 Contact us about this...

Margot de Taxco Mexican silver koi fish Necklace and Brooches combo des. 5207

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Gorgeous Margot de Taxco sterling repousse koi fish necklace and pins combo, this is a design out of her “Far Eastern” period. A Margot classic and one of her most loved creations, it is executed in all-silver here with stunning, articulated fish and two lengths of chain whose links mirror the waves and bubbles surrounding the koi. It seems that Margot was a practical kind of girl who had an affinity for jewelry that could be broken up in smaller components which would then work individually as well. Wear this example as a necklace or enjoy its two koi pins alone. The previous owner assured me that she also combined one length of chain with one of the brooches to form a bracelet. It is doable indeed yet on my wrist, it didn’t quite sit properly, maybe because of the size…   Size/Weight:  15  1/8″ long (wearable; can easily accept an extension); koi...