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
SOLD – Thank you!