Manuel Altamirano Mexican silver “armadillo” Belt Buckle

on May 6, 2020 in archived

An early Taxco maestro, Manuel Altamirano worked for both Aguilar and Valentin Vidaurreta. With the former, he shares what has come to be known as the “armadillo” parure, out of which you can see here the quite impressive belt buckle. Evocative of the “armor plates” covering the body of the namesake creatures, the buckle’s links are graduated in size and adorned with short, flat-topped round appliques. Big and bold, it can be worn easily by either men and women and would look equally stunning on a leather, suede or even fabric belt…


Size/Weight: 5 1/4″ long (when fastened); width between 2 1/4″ and 1 1/4″; 71.2 grams

Hallmarks / Date: maker’s name as shown as well as “TAXCO MEX” and “925”; 1940s

Condition: very good vintage with eye-catching design and proportions, with warm, glowing patina and no damage or repairs noted except for two pin-prick impressions in two of the “plates”; they are not offensive, however, and do not distract from the way the buckle displays



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