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1940s Hector Aguilar Mexican silver floral Pin Brooch

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Big and beautifully aged this floral sterling silver Hector Aguilar brooch is representative of the 1940s’ love affair with all motifs from nature. The flower is here layered, with deep hand-chased details in the petals and foliage, a strong curving stem and a cluster of small beads right at its center. I love the way the bloom is wide open, its face turned to the sun, taking in light and heat and turning it to color, aromas and beauty for our visual enjoyment…   Size / Weight: 3 1/4″ tall by 2 1/2″ wide; 21.9 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully signed as shown with a combination of hallmarks that dates it in the 1940-45 period Condition: excellent vintage with patina that hasn’t been disturbed in years (you can always polish to a higher sheen), sculptural and perfectly finished, with no damage or repairs noted – an Aguilar classic! Inv.#14769  ...

Manuel Altamirano Mexican silver “armadillo” Belt Buckle

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An early Taxco maestro, Manuel Altamirano worked for both Aguilar and Valentin Vidaurreta. With the former, he shares what has come to be known as the “armadillo” parure, out of which you can see here the quite impressive belt buckle. Evocative of the “armor plates” covering the body of the namesake creatures, the buckle’s links are graduated in size and adorned with short, flat-topped round appliques. Big and bold, it can be worn easily by either men and women and would look equally stunning on a leather, suede or even fabric belt…   Size/Weight: 5 1/4″ long (when fastened); width between 2 1/4″ and 1 1/4″; 71.2 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s name as shown as well as “TAXCO MEX” and “925”; 1940s Condition: very good vintage with eye-catching design and proportions, with warm, glowing patina and no damage or...

Taxco 980 Mexican silver Aguilar design Locket Pendant Necklace with azur malachite

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Early, heavy, wrought in fine purity .980 silver the stupendous chain in this pendant necklace is obviously based on Hector Aguilar’s “v” link design. Simply bearing a raised mark for Taxco and the metal content hallmark, it is without any doubt comparable to the renowned maestro’s original both in heft as well as in level of craftsmanship and quality of materials used. Its deep and careful hand-chased details reflect the warmly ornamentation on the locket pendant I have paired it with. Of the same period yet made out of sterling silver, the pendant is a wonderful thing. Deeply oxidized, its circular platform enhances the glow of the wire-work, beading, shell and floral appliques and underlines the saturated blues and greens of the azur-malachite stone. Often called “poison lockets” pieces like this most probably held hidden photos of loved ones or...

Mexican Deco silver repousse Necklace ~ Hector Aguilar Taxco design

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Based on a classic, early Hector Aguilar design this Mexican Deco silver necklace features sculptural florals in an almost heart-shaped frame. One of my favorite creations in the famous designer’s career, it is executed here by an anonymous Taxco maestro whose craftsmanship and attention to detail is evident in the necklace’s quality. I absolutely love the patina that has made the recesses in each link more dramatic thus adding to their three-dimensional appearance. True to its vintage the necklace is a choker size but I have added a really nice sterling extension that makes it comfortable and easy to wear…   Size/Weight: 15 1/4″ – 18 1/2″ (adjstbl; wearable size without the extension is 15″); 1 1/8″ wide; 61.5 grams (with the extension) Hallmarks / Date: “STERLING MADE IN MEXICO” and des. no 108; pre-1948 Condition: excellent...

Jose Luis Flores Mexican silver copper dangle Earrings ~ Aguilar design

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Matching the modernist bracelet that is also available on my site (you can get a glimpse of it in one of the photos above) this set of mixed metals Jose Luis Flores dangle earrings is based on an Aguilar design. Seamlessly articulated with hidden rivets the three oval disks that form each earring are cut out of sheets with good thickness and have acquired a warmly glowing patina over their long life. Easy to wear and quite contemporary in their look, they were converted from screw-backs to posts at some point so Flores’s signature is gone. I have, however, added photos of the hallmarks on the matching bracelet and of the set together to support the attribution…   Size/Weight: 1 1/2″ long by 11/16″ wide; 15.9 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: “.925 MEXICO”; no maker’s initials (they were probably on the original screw-backs that were...