early William Spratling 980 Mexican silver Cuff Bracelet ~ Nahui Ollin or Four Movements design

on Jul 23, 2016 in archived


Early and substantial, a William Spratling cuff bracelet wrought in 980 silver in the “Nahui Ollin” or “Four Movements” design pictured in Penny Morrill’s, Maestros de Plata, on p. 60. In the book the variation shown has amethyst cabs while here the example is all-silver. This is a bold and beautiful piece, with deep hand-etched, dramatically oxidized designs and generously sized flattened repousse domes. Its patina is beyond description – it has an inner glow that only 980 silver can develop over the years. No wonder Spratling loved to work in this alloy…


Size/Weight: 7″ inner circumference (including the 1″ gap; a good jeweler could open it up a little, should you need more room); width between 2  1/4″ at center front and 1  3/8″ on either end; 126.7 grams

Hallmarks / Date: fully and appropriately signed with a combination of hallmarks shown in Bille Hougart’s, Little Book of Mexican Silver, p. 170; Hougart dates the specific combination in 1939

Condition: excellent vintage, superbly crafted, having been very very gently and lovingly enjoyed and ready to be appreciated it again


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