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vintage Mexican silver Taxco serpents by pass Ring

on Apr 28, 2019 in archived

Resembling miniature clamper bracelets and almost always crafted using similar designs by pass rings fascinate me! All this detail in such a small space is definitely a feat of the Taxco maestro and the fact that they are adjustable makes them even more attractive. It occurred to me recently that by pass rings could be construed as another version of the “toi et moi” rings, the first example of which seems to have been offered by Napoleon to Josephine at the end of the 18th c.. Not as “delicately romantic” as their European counterparts, Mexican by pass rings are statement makers, bold and beautiful and not for the faint of heart. The juxtaposed serpents adorning the example at hand, universal symbols of fertility and the power of life and regeneration, have been magnificently rendered, their detail enhanced by the patina of time and the love of their previous caretakers…

 

Size/Weight: currently sz 8.5 US (yet adjustable, upwards); face is 1 1/8″ by approx. 3/4″; 3.7 grams

Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials “CS” as well as “TAXCO MEXICO STERLING” and partially stamped Eagle assay mark; 1950s-60s

Condition: excellent vintage with great detail in the rendering of the serpents, great patina and no damage or repairs noted

 

SOLD – Thank you!

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