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Manuel Altamirano Mexican Deco silver “armadillo” Cuff Bracelet

on Mar 28, 2019 in Bracelets, Mexican and Latin American

Matching the sterling and black velvet ribbon necklace that is also available on my site, this vintage Mexican Deco “armadillo” silver cuff bracelet is signed by Manuel Altamirano, an early Taxco maestro who worked for both Aguilar and Valentin Vidaurreta. Quite evocative of the “armor plates” covering the body of the namesake creatures, the cuff’s plates are graduated in size and adorned with short, flat-topped round appliques. Very impressive around the lower arm (I love wearing my cuffs pushed snuggly higher than the wrist) and definitely different…

 

Size/Weight: 6 1/2″ inner circumference (including the 1″ gap; relatively adjustable but I would ask a jeweler to do it so as to avoid damaging the cuff); width between 1 3/4″ at center front and 3/8″ at either end; 53.5 grams

Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature as shown as well as “925” and “TAXCO MEX”; pre-1948

Condition: very good vintage with great patina, imposing presence, quite easy to wear and with one of the two best signatures this design can be found with; no unsightly damage nor any repairs noted either except for a very small, shallow impression in the central “scale” – it is not attract the eye and does not really affect the cuff’s beauty nor the way it presents

 

Offered at $525.00

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