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early Los Castillo Mexican 980 silver Fur Clip / Pin

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Magnificent early Los Castillo repousse fur clip wrought in high purity, 980 silver as was the case with many designs in the workshop’s opening years. This is my first fur clip by them and even though I am not a … fur-kind-of-girl, I cannot help but admire the imposing presence of this piece and its beautiful workmanship. It is not just the size that attracts the eye and holds the gaze captive here – it is also the unique, velvety patina that only 980 silver develops. Whether as a fur clip or as a brooch, you will never grow tired of wearing it…   Size/Weight: 4 1/8″ long by 2 3/4″ wide; 28.0 grams Hallmarks / Date: signed with the taller’s early signature in straight capital letters as well as “MADE IN MEXICO”, “TAXCO 980” and des. no 401; 1940s Condition: excellent vintage with fantastic patina, big in size and...

big early Taxco Deco 980 silver and azurite Pin Brooch ~ Mexican archeological style

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Early Mexican Deco 980 silver brooch housing a big, richly colored azurite stone, I believe that this is a Taxco piece and it is simply stunning! Very much in the archeological style that was prevalent in the first decades of Mexico’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance, it combines wire- and scroll-work with oxidation and repoussage in a design that is an ode to geometry itself. I am very partial to brooches and this is a big, showy piece yet at the same time it has a classy elegance that will never go out of fashion…   Size/Weight: 2  7/8″ wide by 2  1/2″ tall; 50.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: marked “980” in early, raised numerals; 1930s Condition: excellent vintage with imposing presence, a substantial stone that is richly colored, beautifully finished and with great patina; no damage nor any repairs noted     SOLD – Thank you! Contact us...

early Rafael Melendez Taxco 980 silver and turquoise Bracelet ~ a Mexican Deco treasure

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An early Taxco maestro and one of Spratling’s first silversmiths, Rafael Melendez worked in fine, 980 silver and his pre-1948 pieces are usually crafted out of heavy silver sheet with deeply chased details and a strong pre-Colombian feel to them. The bracelet at hand, decorated with a beautiful turquoise cabochon that has mellowed into a greenish blue over the years, has a pin closure to attest to its early age as well. Fantastic patina that I have hardly touched makes the etchings even more dramatic and when wearing it, one cannot escape the feeling that one is wearing a piece of Taxco history…   Size/Weight: 6  1/2″ long (wearable; perfect for medium to smaller wrists) by 1  1/8″ wide (at center front); 52.7 grams Hallmarks / Date: bearing what Hougart hypothesizes might be Melendez’s earliest signature (as shown); 1939-1942 or a little later...

Antonio Pineda modernist Mexican silver Bracelets ~ set of 2 Taxco bangles

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Vintage assembled set of Antonio Pineda bracelets in a mod, minimalist design that features deeply carved semi-spheres out of each bangle’s perimeter, with the empty areas oxidized to add drama to an otherwise simple form. I am very partial to sets of bangles and this pair wears comfortably with its discrete musicality reminding you of its presence… Learn more Size/Weight: 8″ inner circumference by 1/4″ wide; 42.0 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: fully and appropriately  marked – both have the Antonio crown while one is also marked for Hilda (see Hougart, p. 132, pl. 48 for the specific combination of hallmarks on Antonio pieces); Eagle 3 and Eagle 17 are also present as well purity marks (970 and 980, this last on the Hilda example); 1960s Condition: excellent vintage condition, very slick and a pleasure to wear with no problems noted SOLD –...