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Victoria Mexican silver copper Maya warrior Pin / Pendant, Cony mixed metals brooch

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One of the few female designers of Taxco’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance we know of, Victoria (Ana Maria Nunez de Brilanti) is famous among Mexican jewelry lovers for having perfected the art of Metales Casados, the mixed or married metals technique that the Los Castillo re-introduced in silversmithing. The big figural combination brooch / pendant at hand bespeaks that prowess but also demonstrates the ability of her workshop to create sculptural, almost life-like portraits of the country’s ancient inhabitants. Fierce to behold as he stands in front of us in full regalia yet so serene with his eyes closed as if meditating, the long gone Maya warrior is one of Victoria’s masterpieces…   Size/Weight: 2 3/4″ tall by 2″ wide; 27.6 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s name and “MEXICO TAXCO” as well as “Cony”, Eagle 12 assay mark,...

Ostern for David Andersen Norway silver modernist Pendant Necklace

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Modernist David Andersen sterling silver necklace consisting of Andersen’s classic “v” neck ring and a modernist pendant which I believe is a Bjorn Ostern design. I love Scandinavian mid-century jewelry and I have a special affinity for neck ring combinations – the set at hand is one of my favorite. The pendant has good size to it and matches the proportions of the neck ring that is here more comfortable than the usual 15″ examples. Fantastic…   Size/Weight: neck ring is 16 7/8″ in inner circumference (including the 1 1/8″ gap); pendant is 2 5/8″ tall and 1 3/4″ wide; 25.0 grams (on a postal scale) Hallmarks / Date: both pieces are fully hallmarked; Andersen’s name / initials as well as “925S”, “NORWAY” and “STERLING”; 1960s Condition: excellent vintage with great patina (you can...

mod Hubert Harmon Mexican brass Cufflinks ~ quirky repousse feet design

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One of the most interesting figures whose star shone bright during his short stay in Taxco in the 1940s, Hubert Harmon is known for his quirky yet irresistible designs. Difficult to find, his Mexican creations oftentimes draw on the country’s artistic heritage which is, however, re-worked and re-interpreted through Harmon’s quite idiosyncratic eye. As tongue-in-cheek as can be the pair of repousse brass cufflinks presented here in the shape of naked feet is a small example of his incredible acumen…   Size/Weight: just shy of 1  3/8″ long by 3/4″ wide; 10.5 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: fully and appropriately marked with maker’s signature as shown as well as “MEXICO”; 1940s Condition: excellent vintage with fantastic patina and no damage or repairs noted     Offered at $235.00 Contact us about this...

superb Deco Mexican silver Quetzalcoatl Belt Buckle or Brooch set

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Stupendous Mexican Deco silver belt buckle in the shape of mirrored Quetzalcoatls executed in perfect repoussage and having acquired a glorious patina over the years. The anonymous maestro used silver sheet of good thickness here and the piece feels as substantial as it looks. Combine it with a nice leather belt as it was meant to be used or, you can have the two “serpents” easily turned into impressive brooches! Either way, definitely wearable art…   Size/Weight: 7″ wide by 3  1/4″ tall (at its tallest); 72.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: simply marked “STERLING MEXICO” with des. no 1004; 1930s-40s Condition: excellent vintage with very strong visual impact, craftsmanship of the highest level, ready to be worn and enjoyed once again   Offered at $435.00 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...