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set of 2 Mexican Deco silver repousse Hair Combs with amethyst

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I always think about weddings and discerning brides when I come upon sets of gorgeous Mexican silver repousse hair combs – don’t ask me why, it is just one of those things! So just imagine this pair, with its hand-wrought silver scrolls and amethyst cabs complementing your hairdo – no need to commit for life actually; they are equally enjoyable in full, unattached freedom…   Size/Weight: 1 3/4″ tall by equally wide; silver wave is 1 3/4″ long by 1/2″ at its widest; 11.0 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: “MEXICO SILVER” and another mark that is not clear enough; I believe it’s a maker’s logo and not an Eagle so I will date the set in the pre-1948 period Condition: excellent vintage with fantastic patina in the repousse silver, beautiful, deeply colored amethyst cabs securely set in their bezels, with the lucite combs...

9″ rare set of 2 William Spratling Mexican Deco tin Candleholders

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rarest Margot de Taxco Mexican silver enamel mermaid Pin Brooch, des. 5693

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One of the rarest pieces of Margot de Taxco’s enamel jewelry, the articulated mermaid brooch is not even pictured in Morrill’s relevant book except as a drawing. Sharing the same design number as the “little fish” parures, she is the dedicated collector’s dream-come-true. If one is very lucky and determined to find her, one might come upon an example in blues – discovering one in golden yellow, shimmering metallic sage green and sky blue is almost impossible. Yet here she is – her lithe body emerging from the waters covered in tiny drops that capture and refract the sunlight, her articulated tail strong and dangerous, her hair catching the sea breeze, her arms gracefully moving as if she is dancing. Perfection in its full meaning – I fear even Ulysses would not have been able to resist this beauty with all the wax of the world sealing his...

Mexican Deco Matl style jeweled silver “palomas” Hand Mirror

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Early Mexican Deco silver repousse “palomas” hand mirror wrought in the Mexico City style associated with Matilde Poulat and her workshop. I love the patina this little treasure has acquired over its long life – it is so dark and intense, it makes the mirror look like it has escaped from an ancient fairy tale to adorn our modern reality. Nice detail in the repoussage of the two birds, sweet little turquoise cabs and pyramid-cut amethysts stand out against the darkened silver. Whether in your handbag or on your vanity, this is a miniature work of art…   Size/Weight: just shy of 4 3/4″ tall by 2 3/8″ wide; 39.0 grams Hallmarks / Date: not signed for maker not marked for metal quality yet tested and guaranteed to be sterling silver; pre-1948 Condition: excellent vintage with very dark patina (a good jeweler could always polish it for you), with its...

Los Ballesteros Mexican 970 silver and amethyst Bracelet in an Antonio Pineda design

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Vintage 1980s Talleres de Los Ballesteros Mexican modernist bracelet wrought in Antonio Pineda’s favorite .970 alloy which is richer in silver content than the standard sterling this is a heavy, architectural piece adorned with clear, faceted, gem-quality amethysts. The stones are open on the back to maximize the effect created by the light as it passes through them and the all-silver links are substantial and very sculptural. I don’t offer post-1980 Mexican jewelry very often unless the quality of materials and the level of craftsmanship is en par with that of earlier periods. And the bracelet at hand, based on an Antonio design, I believe, is just such an occasion…   Size/Weight: 7″ long (wearable) by 3/4″ wide; 88.9 grams Hallmarks / Date: signed with the Los Ballesteros conjoined initials as well as their registration code “TM-34” and...

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...