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 pieces of cotton dipped in a favorite perfume. The locket had been given to a “Lovely Darling Wife” on a couple’s 25th anniversary as the inscription on the back reveals. Though according to my jeweler, the dedication can be taken off without causing damage to the piece, I opted to leave it there since it is part of the pendant’s long and happy life…
Size/Weight: chain necklace is 16 1/4″ long (wearable) by 3/4″ wide; pendant is 1 5/8″ in diameter and with the bail adds a 2 1/8″ drop to the chain; 128.8 grams (for the set)
Hallmarks / Date: chain marked “TAXCO 980” while locket is signed “STERLING 925” and “HECHO EN MEXICO”; pre-1948
Condition: excellent vintage with stupendous presence, heavy and gorgeous, with great patina and no damage or repairs noted
SOLD – Thank you!