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A. Tobias Mexican Deco silver repousse Cuff Bracelet ~ rare figural design

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One of the Mexico City maestros active in the first decades of Mexico’s 20th c. Silver Renaissance, Abraham Tobias was a contemporary of Matilde Poulat’s and he created jewelry in the so-called Mexico City style repousse. Many of his pieces are based on Matl originals and admittedly the boldness and quality of his repoussage is very very close to, if not often en par with, Matilde’s own. Tobias excelled in the crafting of cuff bracelets as well – one can find them in various widths, usually boasting spectacular “Aztec Roses”. The example I am presenting here, however, is a figural one, quite rare, and generously wide as well. Is it a priest we are looking at, sitting cross-legged, a bead necklace around his neck, looking immersed in prayer? The sky is the limit of the imagination…   Size/Weight: 6 3/4″ inner circumference (including...

Mexican Deco silver hearts and knots Cuff Bracelet

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Elaborate wirework that reminds me of antique, hand-wrought garden fences and window grates characterizes this impressive Mexican Deco cuff bracelet. I have had this specific design before and was, at the time, impressed not only by its serious presence but also by the interesting way the hardiness of knots and ties combines with the softer in nature stylized heart motifs. Signed by a listed yet still unidentified Taxco maestro, this is a cuff that will stay with you for a long, long time…   Size/Weight: 7″ inner circumference (including the 1 1/4″ gap; not easily adjustable due to the thickness of the silver sheet used); width between 1 7/8″ at center front and 1″ at either end; 56.7 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials “SCH” as well as “STERLING TAXCO”, “HECHO EN MEXICO” and des. no 820; 1940s Condition:...