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Rancho Alegre Mexican silver zodiac Charm Bracelet ~ figural abalone inlay

on Feb 27, 2020 in archived

Bearing the signature of Rancho Alegre whose founder, Pedro Perez, worked as shop manager for William Spratling, this vintage Mexican silver zodiac charm bracelet was crafted by a listed yet still unidentified maker. Known for its high quality jewelry commissioned from some of the best Taxco maestros, Rancho Alegre opened its doors to the public in 1956 and stayed in business until 1985. Though zodiac jewelry were a favorite sub-genre within the world of Mexican silver jewelry with examples made by renowned and less celebrated makers alike, this specific version with its figural abalone inlay is more difficult to find. Formed by two rows of cushion-shaped hollow links, it has beaded accents on the link connectors and its disk charms represent all twelve astrological signs…

 

Size/Weight: 7 3/4″ long (wearable) by 1 3/4″ wide (including the drop of the charms); 49.1 grams

Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials “LET” as well as “RANCHO ALEGRE”, “HECHO EN MEXICO TAXCO” and Eagle 3 assay mark; late 1950s – 1960s

Condition: excellent vintage with great patina (you can always polish a little, should you so desire), with all the abalone inlay intact having nice colors, generous in length, with no damage and no repairs noted

 

Inv.#14687

 

SOLD – Thank you!

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