rare Los Castillo Mexican silver shadowbox hinged Bracelet, des. 134

on Sep 26, 2018 in archived

Though dating in the post-1948 period, I suspect that the Los Castillo Mexican silver bracelet presented here is an early design for the famous taller. I base this hypothesis both on the low design number found on it but also on the clearly “archeological” inspiration of its subject matter. Not a very often found bracelet, this piece is based on the dramatic impact of the shadowbox technique which is mostly associated with Victoria of Taxco but was definitely something that the Los Castillo experimented with…


Size/Weight: 6″ inner circumference (clasped; perfect for smaller size wrists); shadowbox applique is 2″ square; width the two “wings” between 1″ and 5/8″; 61.4 grams

Hallmarks / Date: “TAXCO LOS CASTILLO” as well as des. no 134 and Eagle 16 assay mark; late 1940s-1950s

Condition: very good vintage with intense patina, especially on the “wings” and the inner surfaces that can always be buffed out, if you wish; featuring a very interesting, rather rare design, masterfully made with no unsightly damage nor any repairs noted; there is a small crease at the very upper tip of the lozenge applique as you can see but I don’t consider it offensive nor do I think it detracts from the bracelet’s beauty in any dramatic way; in fact, I believe it’s excused due to the the design’s rarity


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