When I agreed to purchase this necklace, I was promised it was a Damaso Gallegos piece and I was excited to have found it. This is a beautiful necklace, with good weight and its “archeological” minimalism is very pleasing to the eye. I like to think of it as the “shield and feathers” design and both motifs have been used by Margot de Taxco and the Los Castillo as well. Yet upon inspection, when it arrived, I found out that it is in fact only tangentially associated with Gallegos, the necklace’s actual maker being another Taxco maestro who is known, like Damaso, for his Christmas “holly and bells” jewelry. The two signatures are similar yet for “JS”, our maker here, we only have initials to go by…
Size/Weight: 16 1/4″ long (wearable); feathers and shield part is 3 1/4″ long with a drop of 1 5/8″; 59.0 grams
Hallmarks / Date: maker’s conjoined initials “JS” as well as “TAXCO STERLING” and “HECHO EN MEXICO 925”; pre-1948
Condition: excellent vintage with great patina, strong design and made of thick silver sheet that bestows substance and good presence, with no damage or repairs noted
SOLD – Thank you!