early Taxco Deco Mexican 980 silver “mask” Pin Brooch

on Oct 16, 2020 in Mexican and Latin American, Pins/brooches, Uncategorized

Big Mexican Deco carved “mask” brooch, this is a piece wrought in high purity, .980 silver as is often the case with early Taxco jewelry. I love pieces from that period not only because of the fine alloy used to make them but also because they have the forceful presence that characterizes all works created in the beginnings of a movement. Yet it is also the specific maker that intrigues me. Sometimes this hallmark is attributed to Raphael Melendez but mistakenly so. I suspect that this maestro must have worked for Spratling, basing my hypothesis on the fact that up until the brooch presented here, all the jewelry by him I have had was based on Spratling designs. They were all in the “archeological” style, very well made and generous in proportions. This is the first example that breaks the rule – though the silver work framing the carved stone is indeed reminiscent of early Spratling designs…


Size / Weight: 2  1/2” tall by 2  3/4” wide; 44.6 grams; excellent condition with nice color variation in the stone

Hallmarks / Date:  early “980” mark and initials in raised letters as well as “TAXCO”; 1930s

Condition: excellent vintage with strong visual presence, nice definition in the silver-work and nice color variation in the stone, with no damage and no repairs noted



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