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Manuel Altamirano Mexican silver “armadillo” Necklace with black velvet ribbon

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One of the legendary designs in the index of vintage Mexican silver jewelry, the “armadillo” can be found with both Hector Aguilar’s signature and that of Manuel Altamirano’s. It has been emulated by other maestros, less-celebrated and anonymous, yet the two names associated with it are definitely the first two even though it was Valentin Vidauretta who created it. The “armadillo” necklace can be found in all silver with graduated links going all around the neck; in a combination of links and silver chain; or, like in the example at hand, with black velvet ribbon used to connect the links station with the sterling clasp on the back. The velvet version is my favorite – it seems to bestow a classy Victorian “naughtiness” to the necklace, if such a combination is even possible… PS: The matching cuff bracelet and belt buckle are...

stunning A. Porkayo Mexican silver armadillo Necklace Earrings set ~ Hector Aguilar design

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Signed by A. Porkayo a nicely made Mexican silver necklace and earrings set in Hector Aguilar’s “armadillo” design. A listed maestro, Porkayo has really outdone himself with this demi. Great patina that seems to be original and oxidation (you can always buff it a little bit but I did not want to touch it!) bring out the set’s curvaceous beauty. This is a substantial duo with the necklace generously heavy and at a comfortable for most 17″ long, it boasts a careful riveted construction with graduated links. The matching earrings are an added bonus since they are not so easy to find. A gorgeous set worthy of the best collection…   Size/Weight: 17″ long (wearable) with a width varying between 1  3/8″ and 7/8″ for the necklace; earrings are 1  1/8″ tall by 7/8″ wide; 126.2 grams (for the set; necklace alone is 116.6...

Manuel Altamirano Mexican silver “armadillo” Necklace ~ Taxco book piece

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Created by Valentin Vidauretta the “armadillo necklace is legendary in the index of classic Taxco design and can be found signed by Hector Aguilar as well as Manuel Altamirano. It is the latter who takes credit for the example at hand, in all silver with its graduated, riveted “scale” links seamlessly coming together in a hidden clasp. A quintessential Taxco book-piece by a maestro whose work does not come up all that often… Learn more Size/Weight: 15″ long (wearable); width between 1  3/8″ at center front and 3/4″ in the back; 74.5 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s name as shown as well as “TAXCO MEX” and “925”; 1940s Condition: excellent vintage with warmly glowing patina, visually impressive and with no issues noted SOLD – Thank you! Contact us about this...