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rare Mexican silver and stone Pin Brooch ~ WWII US Army officer’s visor cap

on Jun 24, 2020 in Brooches, Mexican and Latin American

One of the pieces that were made around WWII, I believe, this Mexican silver and carved dyed calcite brooch is such a find! Shaped like a US Army officer’s visor cap, complete with the appropriate insignia, it recounts part of the relationship the two countries had during those difficult times albeit in its jewelry version. The fact is that during WWII and due to the restrictions on the availability of metals which were dedicated to the war effort, many US jewelry manufacturers and big retailers had their jewelry made in Mexico. Coro had whole lines crafted at Hector Aguilar’s workshop; Marcel Boucher’s “Parisina” line was also made in Mexico; and it is said that Spratling was commissioned to produce dogtags for the American soldiers…

 

Size / Weight: 2″ wide by 1 3/8″ tall; 29.1 grams

Hallmarks / Date: “MADE IN MEXICO”; not hallmarked for metal quality yet tested and guaranteed to be silver of at least .900 purity though I believe it’s sterling; 1940s

Condition: excellent vintage with nice color variation in the dyed calcite, very good definition in the army insignia, great patina, with no damage and no repairs noted

Inv.#14496

SOLD – Thank you!

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