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When you own a piece by Hector Aguilar, you have a treasure. Mexican silver by Aguilar is always of the finest construction, materials, and design.  Aguilar's silver designs borrow heavily from pre-Columbian motifs--his style was bold, dramatic, and beautiful in it's simplicity.

Aguilar began his career as manager of William Spratling's Taller de Las Delicias in Taxco. In 1939, he left Spratling and established his own workshop, the Taller Borda which he ran until 1966. Aguilar died on September 19, 1985, the day of the earthquake that nearly destroyed Mexico City. 

His work has been featured in numerous books and in exhibits throughout the United States.  Information can be found in Mexican Silver by Carole Berk and Penny Morrill, Silver Masters of Mexico, by Penny Morrill and William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance.  His work was included in the traveling exhibit, William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance.

You can order Mexican Silver, $59.95 (item #SMB001) or Silver Masters of Mexico, $49.95 (item #SMB002) from MODERN SILVER magazine books  Please add $3.95 for shipping for each book.ffre

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 Hector Aguilar's great granddaughter wearing the rare, vintage, swirls belt by Aguilar (below)
MAGNIFICENT 1940'S AZTEC FLOWERS BRACELET BY HECTOR AGUILAR

Aztec flowers bracelet by Hector Aguilar, c. 1940s; great design and weight; pictured in both Mexican Silver by Berk and Morrill and Silver Masters of Mexico by Morrill; about 6-1/2" around the interior; inside diameter about 2-1/8" (fits fairly small wrist); pin and tube closure with safety chain; marked: "TAXCO, HA (conjoined in a circle), 940;" very fine condition with patina intact.

$2,500.00 (item #KZX013)
HECTOR AGUILAR STERLING & WOOD CHEESE KNIFE

Beautiful, sterling and rosewood cheese knife by Hector Aguilar; about 6-1/4" long; c. 1940s; marked: "TAXCO, HA (conjoined), 940;" one tiny spot of stubborn tarnish; otherwise fine condition.

SOLD (item #SMX071)
HECTOR AGUILAR CIRCLE SWIRLS BELT

I am very pleased to present the following rare pieces by Hector Aguilar from one collection.  Of all Aguilar's pieces, these are some of the most desired. Perhaps it was that photograph of Georgia O'Keefe wearing the X belt?  It could not be that alone--the ingenious design and the superb craftsmanship of these belts make them pieces to wear and treasure for a lifetime.

Hector Aguilar circle swirls belt, c.1940s; 20 handwrought sterling swirls on a black, suede belt; length is approximately 31" (will adjust to a smaller size and to at least 1" longer) and width is about 3/4"; each circle is about 1-1/4" diameter;  buckle is about 1" square when closed and is marked: "TALLER BORDA, 940 HA, TAXCO MEXICO," and an eagle mark with number "9"; great patina; fine condition.

A version of this belt with ten slightly larger circle swirls is pictured in the catalog, William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance, page 54.

SOLD (item #MVX003)

HECTOR AGUILAR X BELT

Rare, Hector Aguilar X belt, c. 1940s; made famous by a photograph of Georgia O'Keefe wearing an X belt by Aguilar that may have been a gift for her from Rosa Covarrubias in 1951 (see Silver Master's of Mexico, by Penny C. Morrill, pg. 108); suede belt is about 33-1/4" long x 1-1/2 wide; four handwrought sterling X sections are each approximately 1-5/8" x 1-1/8"; great patina, no marks; actual buckle is missing, but there are two sterling bars (loops) to hold the belt; suede shows some age and wear, otherwise fine condition.

$2,000.00 (item #MVX004)
HECTOR AGUILAR FIGURE 8 BELT

Very rare, Hector Aguilar figure 8 belt, c. 1940s; four handwrought sterling figure 8 sections on a black suede belt; each figure 8 is about 4-3/4" x 1"; suede belt is approximately  35" long x slightly under 1" wide; sterling buckle is marked: "940, HA, TAXCO, MEXICO" an eagle mark with what appears to be number "9", and "TALLER, BORDA," nice patina, suede shows some wear, otherwise fine condition.

A photograph of this belt can be seen in Silver Master's of Mexico, by Penny Morrill, page 108.

SOLD  (item #MVX005)

MEXICAN STERLING & AMETHYST CUFF

Modern Mexican sterling cuff with amethysts after a design by Hector Aguilar, this one possibly made by Mexican contemporary silversmith Belen-Nilson; about 1-1/4" wide; inside diameter of the oval shape approximately 2-3/4" (side to side) and 2" (across); illegible hallmarks, though I can make out "925;" fine condition; pin closure.

SOLD (item #AAM001)

HECTOR AGUILAR STERLING RING

Substantial sterling ring by Hector Aguilar; ring is about size 8-1/2; band is 1" wide at the front; marked: "HA (conjoined), 940, TAXCO; fine condition.

$225.00 (item #HPX071)

HECTOR AGUILAR STERLING LINK BRACELET

A fabulous, sterling hand-wrought, panel bracelet by Hector Aguilar, c. 1939-40; slightly over 8" long x 1" wide; weighs about 3.8 ounces; marked with early conjoined "HA" mark, "TAXCO, 940;" beautiful, lustrous patina; fine condition.

$950.00 (item #AAX007)

HANDMADE STERLING CUFF IN THE STYLE OF HECTOR AGUILAR

A handmade sterling cuff in the style of Hector Aguilar; this piece was commissioned by a collector from a silversmith who designed it after an early cuff by Aguilar; this would be excellent for a man to wear; cuff is about 1-1/2" wide with an inside diameter of approximately 2-3/4" with a 1-1/8" opening; no marks; fine condition.

$850.00 (item #AAX001)

HECTOR AGUILAR STERLING PIN

Early Hector Aguilar sterling pin with pre-Columbian design, c. 1940s; about 3-3/4" x 1-1/4"; marked "HA (in circle), MADE IN MEXICO, STERLING;" fine condition.

$350.00 (item #X761)

HECTOR AGUILAR 940 STERLING & ONYX BRACELET

Great looking Hector Aguilar sterling and onyx bracelet; probably c.1950s; about 7-1/2" long x 5/8" wide; marked: "940, HA, TAXCO, MEXICO, TALLER BORDA" and eagle stamp with number "9"; great patina, fine condition.

$950.00 (item #X730)

EARLY HECTOR AGUILAR 940 STERLING PIN

Early Hector Aguilar 940 Sterling pin, c. 1940s; approximately 3" x 1/2"; incredible patina and surface; marked: "TAXCO, 940," and "HA" within a circle; older style C catch; because it does not stay well when closed we will include a stick pin catch for security, otherwise fine condition.

$375.00 (item #X706)

 
 HECTOR AGUILAR COPPER & BRASS CANDELABRAS

Elegant pair of Hector Aguilar candelabras; copper with bras trim, c. 1940s; each is about 10" long x 8" high; marked with conjoined "HA, TAXCO, MEXICO;" fine condition, have not been polished so have a soft patina.

$1,750.00 (item #X645)

HECTOR AGUILAR HAND-WROUGHT COPPER & BRASS BOWL

Hector Aguilar hand-wrought copper bowl with brass trim; about 11-1/8" diameter x 2-5/8" high; marked with conjoined "HA, MADE IN MEXICO, TAXCO;" copper is oxidized in the interior of the bowl and it is a bit "out of round;" otherwise good condition.

$1,200.00 (item #X7344

HECTOR AGUILAR, HUGE HAMMERED COPPER BOWL

Huge hammered copper scalloped bowl by Hector Aguilar; about 15-1/2" diameter x 5-1/4" high (at the highest point--middle of the scallop); wonderful old patina; one place where the edging has come loose and the bowl is slightly out-of-round; marked with conjoined "HA, TAXCO, MEXICO."

$1,250.00 (item #X640)

HECTOR AGUILAR COPPER & BRASS STAR LIGHT FIXTURE

Hector Aguilar copper and brass star light fixture, c. 1940s; approximately 16" long from base plate; great original, unpolished patina; fine condition.

$3,585.00 (item #X781)

HECTOR AGUILAR STERLING & ROSEWOOD SALT SPOONS

A wonderful set of what I believe are salt spoons by Hector Aguilar, probably c. 1950s-60s; each one is about 4" long; marked: "TALLER BORDA, TAXCO, 940," Aguilar "HA" stamp and eagle stamp with number "9;" great patina and condition.

$425.00 (item #X768)

HECTOR AGUILAR LARGE 940 STERLING MEAT FORK

Large sterling-handled meat fork by Hector Aguilar, probably c. 1950s; about  11-3/4" overall; marked" "940, HA (in circle), TAXCO;" very substantial piece, light surface wear, good patina, fine condition; handle is sterling, but the fork (prongs) are most likely steel.

 SOLD (item #X719)

HECTOR AGUILAR STERLING CANDLE SNUFFER

Beautiful, large and heavy sterling candle snuffer by Hector Aguilar, c. 1950s; about 12-3/4" long; marked: "STERLING, HA (in circle), TAXC0," and eagle mark with number "9"; great patina, some light surface wear, otherwise fine condition. fCJX036

 SOLD (item #X720)

HECTOR AGUILAR 940 STERLING LONG SPOON

Early sterling silver long spoon by Hector Aguilar (most likely c. 1940s), great patina; about 10-1/8" long; bowl is approximately 1-3/8" diameter and 1/2" deep; marked "940, TAXCO, HA;" some surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

$575.00  (item #X721)

HECTOR AGUILAR LONG KNIFE WITH STERLING & WOOD HANDLE

Hector Aguilar long knife with sterling and wood handle, probably c. 1940s; blade appears to be steel; about 15-3/8" long (total length); handle is approximately 5" long x 1" wide x slightly over 12" thick; blade is marked: "MADE IN MEXICO, TAXCO, and HA (in circle); blade has some surface rust and discoloration, otherwise fine condition.

 $795.00 (item #X722)

Fred Davis (1880-1961) was an American who moved to Mexico in 1910.  Because of his interest in the jewelry worn by Mexican woman, he began to create designs based on this aesthetic, which included pre-Columbian motifs.  Many of the pieces marked "FD" include amethysts and carved stones with silver. His work is highly collectible for both its age, quality, and beauty.

Information can be found in Mexican Silver by Carole Berk and Penny Morrill and William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance.  His work was included in the traveling exhibit, William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance.

You can order Mexican Silver, $59.95 (item #SMB001) or Silver Masters of Mexico, $49.95 (item #SMB002) from MODERN SILVER magazine books  Please add $3.95 for shipping for each book.

FRED DAVIS STERLING & AMETHYST BRACELET

Exquisite, vintage, Fred Davis sterling and amethyst bracelet; about 8" long x 2" wide; marked: "SILVER,  FD (conjoined); a tiny dent in one of the small silver half balls; otherwise fine condition.

$675.00 (item #CJX025)

FRED DAVIS MINIATURE STERLING BOX

Fred Davis handwrought miniature sterling box; approximately 1" x 3/4" x 1/2" high; marked with "FD (conjoined), 925;" top sits ever so slightly to one side; otherwise appears to be in original condition.

$225.00 (item #X779)

RARE FRED DAVIS STERLING BRACELET

Rare handmade sterling, hinged bracelet by Fred Davis, ca. 1930s; beautiful cylindrical design; slightly over 7" long x 1-1/4" wide; marked with conjoined "FD ,SILVER, MEXICO;"  a few tiny indentations, otherwise fine condition.

$1,250.00 (item #X621)
HEAVY, LARGE, SANDBORN'S STERLING SILVER MEAT TRAY

 A heavy, sterling, handwrought footed meat tray, about 3 pounds, 4 ounces; from Sandborn's, Mexico; probably c. 1930s-40s; approximately 17" x 12"; and almost 2" high; marked: "3, MEXICO, SANDBORNS, STERLING" and owl mark; surface wear on the top from use and a few scratches on the bottom; otherwise fine condition.

The feet on this tray are very reminiscent of jewelry by Fred Davis.  Davis was at Sandborn's for more than twenty years. Without the "FD" mark there can be no "direct attribution."  (information from Mexican Silver by Carole Berk and Penny Morrill)

$1200.00 (+ shipping)  (item #SMSB001) NEW!

Pedro Castillo Gallegos first worked at the Taller de Las Delicias with William Spratling—he was only twelve years old at the time.  In 1939, he left, with his brother Carlos and his cousins Revieriano and Eduardo Castillo, and, later, his uncle Dámaso Gallegos, to work with Hector Aguilar at the Taller Borda.  Pedro was a maestro in the handwrought silver workshop and later became the foreman in that division.  He later established a small independent taller.  He was an excellent designer and his work is highly prized. 

Dámaso Gallegos opened his own taller in 1941 and had a shop called "La Amatista." 

(Information mostly from "Silver Masters of Mexico" by Penny Morrill)

PEDRO CASTILLO STERLING, GEOMETRIC BRACELET

Stunning, geometric, three-dimensional sterling bracelet by Pedro Castillo, c. 1950; about 7" around the inside x 1-1/4" wide; marked with conjoined "PC" stamp, "HECHO EN MEXICO, STERLING;" fine condition with great patina.

SOLD (item #HPPC001)   

EARLY DÁMASO GALLEGOS STERLING BRACELET WITH MEXICAN FIGURES

Charming, early sterling bracelet by Dámaso Gallegos (probably 1940s) with applied Mexican figures including a sombrero, house, donkey, Mexican man, pottery, and cactus; about 7" long x 7/8" wide; marked: "DG (in script in a square), TAXCO, STERLING; fine condition with nice patina.

$185.00 (item #HPDG001)

 DÁMASO GALLEGOS STERLING PIN WITH GREEN STONE

Charming, circular sterling pin with silver dangles by Dámaso Gallegos with green stone (or possibly glass), most likely c. 1950s; pin is about 1-7/8" diameter with dangles that each hang down about 1" from the circular pin; fine condition.

$185.00 (item #HPDG002)

Manuel Altamirano was an accomplished and well-known mid 20th century Mexican silversmith who worked for prominent designers such as Hector Aguilar, Valentin Vidaurreta, and Victoria.  The series of armadillo necklaces, bracelets, and buckles, marked for Hector Aguilar were probably designed and/or created by Manuel Altamirano.

MANUEL ALTAMIRANO HANDWROUGHT ARMADILLO BUCKLE WITH LEATHER BELT

An exceptionally handsome, handwrought sterling armadillo-design belt buckle, handwrought by Manuel Altamirano with black leather belt; buckle is about 6" long x 2-3/4" wide; marked: "ALTAMIRANO, MEX, TAXCO, 925;" nice patina; fine condition; there are brass bars attached to each side of the buckle that may not be original, but placed there for a certain type of belt—they cannot be seen when the belt is worn; leather belt is soft and very nice, but not original; overall length of the leather belt is about 41".

SOLD  (item #KZX010)

It is rare to find original pieces by Matilde Poulat who introduced her company, Matl, in Taxco in 1934.  She was a trained artist who studied at the San Carlos Academy of Art in Mexico City. Her work in silver reflected a Mexican aesthetic that favored "the art of the Pre-Conquest Indians and of the Mexican pueblos." She participated in an exhibition of Latin American silver at the Pan American Union in Washington D.C. in 1941. When Matilde Poulat died, her nephew continued production jewelry in the Matl style, but signed the jewelry "Matl Salas."

Her early work in repoussč and semi-precious stones is highly desirable and collectible.

Information can be found in Mexican Silver by Carole Berk and Penny Morrill, Silver Masters of Mexico, by Penny Morrill and William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance.  Her work was included in the traveling exhibit, William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance.

You can order Mexican Silver, $59.95 (item #SMB001) or Silver Masters of Mexico, $49.95 (item #SMB002) from MODERN SILVER magazine books  Please add $3.95 for shipping for each book.

VINTAGE 1950S, MATILDA POULAT STERLING, TURQUOISE, & AMETHYST BRACELET

Beautiful, vintage 1950s sterling, turquoise, and amethyst bracelet; about 7-1/4" long x 1-3/4" wide; wonderful, handmade, original quality; turquoise varies greatly in color, but none are missing; marked: "Matl, Mexico, 925, M. REG, 142093" and eagle mark with "129."

$850.00 (item #LCM001)

VINTAGE 1950S, MATILDA POULAT STERLING, TURQUOISE, & AMETHYST BRACELET

Beautiful, vintage 1950s sterling, turquoise, and amethyst pin by Matilde Poulat; about 2-1/4"  x 1-1/2"; wonderful, handmade, original quality; turquoise varies greatly in color, but none are missing; marked: "Mexico, 925, Matl" and eagle mark with "129."

$550.00 (item #LCM002)

VINTAGE 1950S, MATILDA POULAT STERLING, TURQUOISE, & AMETHYST RING

Beautiful, vintage 1950s sterling, turquoise, and amethyst ring by Matilde Poulat; about size RING; about 2-1/4"  x 1-1/2"; wonderful, handmade, original quality; turquoise varies greatly in color, but none are missing; marked: "Mexico, 925, Matl;" there is a little sharpness where the shank attaches, underneath--could be easily filed down, but I thought it would be best to leave it in its original condition for now; head (top) is approximately 7/8" x 5/8."

$450.00 (item #LCM003)

EARLY MATILDE POULAT STERLING, TURQUOISE, & AMETHYST PIN

Beautiful, early, sterling pin by Matilde Poulat, c.1940s, early 1950s, with turquoise and amethysts; about 2" x 2", marked: "Matl, Mexico, 925, patente, 10670;" one of the amethyst bezels is a bit crude and there may be a replaced pin stem, but there are no missing stones and the piece has a lovely patina.

SOLD (item #HPX064)

MATL SALAS STERLING PIN WITH CORAL & TURQUOISE

Beautiful, vintage Matl Salas pin with coral and turquoise cabochons, c. 1950s; about 1-3/4" wide; inscribed: "Matl Salas (in script), Mexico;" fine, original condition with good patina; these early pieces are always slightly crude--stones, or beads may have flaws, but it is part of the charm.

 SOLD (item #SMX014)

Maya, Mexico, jewelry  was made in silver, copper, and brass or combinations of the same with stones, enamels, and paints. Most pieces found, today were made in the 1940s and 1950s.  Please see a review of a new book on Maya Jewelry, Maya Mexico Jewelry, an Informational Guide by Sandy Hargrove at http://modernsilver.com/bookreviews.html

MAYA, MEXICO, COPPER, BRASS, & CERAMIC PENDANT WITH CHAIN

This is a show-stopper when it's worn; fabulous, long, pendant necklace by Maya, Mexico, copper base with brass filigree and ceramic beads; pendant is about 7-1/4" long; chain is about 26" overall; pendant is marked: 'MEXICO, MEXICO;" fine condition; though not marked for Maya, I guarantee this piece's authenticity; it is pictured in the book, Maya Mexico Jewelry by Sandy Hargrove on page 53.

see http://www.modernsilver.com/bookreviews.html

SOLD  (item #SMX066)

MAYA, MEXICO, BRACELET & EARRINGS

A fun, wearable set by Maya, Mexico; copper and brass hinged bracelet and drop earrings;  each with protruding cylinders of green stone; earrings are each 2" long earrings, bracelet is about 2" wide with  inside diameter of about 2-1/2"; bracelet has pin-type closure but does not come all the way out so it is easy to open and close; earrings are screwbacks; bracelet is marked: "MAYA, MEXICO," earrings are marked the same, but the "MAYA" is partially obscured; all pieces are in fine condition.

$195.00 (braceletearrings have been sold) (item #SMX012)

MAYA OF MEXICO, COPPER & BRASS EARRINGS

Maya of Mexico copper and brass earrings with wonderful pre-Columbian faces, c. 1940s-50s; approximately 3/4" wide x 1" long (including pendants); marked: "MAYA, MEXICO;" fine condition with good patina.

$150.00 (item #SMX015)

Enrique Ledesma  (? - 1979) is well-known for his excellent silver and lapidary work--his combinations of silver with turquoise, malachite, etc. are exceptional.  He studied painting and sculpture at the San Carlos Academy of Art before deciding on a career in silversmithing.  He worked for William Sprating at Taller de Las Delicias, for Los Castillo and later at the Taller Borda for Hector Aguilar.  He opened his own shop, Plateria Ledesma, about 1950. (information from "The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks" by Bille Hougart)

ENRIQUE LEDESMA STERLING & MALACHITE BRACELET

Truly gorgeous sterling and malachite bracelet by Enrique Ledesma, c. 1950s; each cushion-shaped link is beautifully handcrafted with silver and malachite; about 7" long x 1" wide; marked with eagle stamp with #3, "LEDESMA, TAXCO, HECHO EN MEXICO, 925;" great patina, one small scratch in the malachite last link by the catch, light surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

SOLD (item #KZX012) 

Antonio Castillo and his brothers, Jorge (Chato), Miguel, and Justo were trained at the Spratling workshop, Las Delicias in the 1930s.  In 1939, they left to form their own company, Los Castillo.  Throughout the years, they produced handcrafted jewelry in many different techniques including repoussé, mixed and married metals, and inlay, often employing more than 100 artisans. Jewelry and hollowware by Los Castillo is desired by collectors for its beautiful handcrafted surfaces, superb quality, and innovative designs.

Information can be found in Mexican Silver by Carole Berk and Penny Morrill, Silver Masters of Mexico, by Penny Morrill and William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance.  Work from Los Castillo was included in the traveling exhibit, William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance. (You can order Mexican Silver or Silver Masters of Mexico from MODERN SILVER magazine books)

LOS CASTILLO STERLING REPOUSSÉ BRACELET WITH BLUE RESIN

Beautiful, sterling bracelet by Los Castillo with bubbly blue, teardrop-shaped resin "stones;" a fabulous design that lays well on the wrist; about 7" around; marked: "LOS CASTILLO, TAXCO, STERLING, MADE IN MEXICO;" and what appears to be "456;" hinge on the clasp is loose, but could be easily repaired and does work as is; otherwise fine condition with great patina.

$975.00 (item #KZX028)

LOS CASTILLO STERLING & STONE BIRD PIN

Exquisite Los Castillo sterling bird pin with inlaid stone matrix of what appears to be malachite and azurite; stone eye may be lapis, but I am not certain; pin is about 1-3/4" x 1-3/8"; marked: "LOS CASTILLO, TAXCO, HECHO EN MEXICO," and eagle mark with #!; fine condition.

SOLD item #HPX063)

LOS CASTILLO MARRIED METALS PARROT PIN/PENDANT

Prize winning 1950's design by Rufino Tamayo for Los Castillo; prize-winning, married metals parrot pin in sterling with copper, brass, onyx, and azure-malachite; about 2-1/4" x 2-1/5"; marked: "HECHO EN MEXICO, METALES CASTILLO, TAXCO, 63," and eagle mark with #13; light surface wear and some roughness and fissures within the stone inlay, but the piece is stable.

$325.00 (item #AAX008)
LOS CASTILLO SCULPTURAL HAMMERED SILVER PLATED PITCHER WITH BIRD

This is one of the nicest pieces I've seen done in this style by Los Castillo, Taxco--a beautifully hammered, silver plated pitcher with a whimsical, plumed brass bird with stone eyes and inlaid malachite and azurmalachite feathers that "layer" down the handle; a lovely height at  6/1/4" with about 12" around the middle; overall fine condition with no dents; stone inlay is a little dry, but appears to be all intact; marked on the bottom: "LOS CASTILLO, TAXCO, MADE IN MEXICO, PLATERDO, 209."

SOLD (item #SMX013)

LOS CASTILLO, TAXCO MIXED METALS & INLAID STONE BOX

An exceptionally beautiful box by Los Castillo; box is made from sterling silver and copper with rosewood interior; top is inlaid with malachite, mother-of-pearl and terracotta-colored small tiles; box weighs about 1 pound 3 ounces and is about 4-5/8" x 3-5/8" x 1-3/8" tall; fine condition with nice patina; marked on the bottom: "HANDWROUGHT, LOS CASTILLO, MEXICO."

$725.00 (item #CJX021)

STERLING AND FLUSH CLUSTER TURQUOISE SCREWBACK EARRINGS

Originally, I thought these were Zuni earrings, but the mark looks Mexican to me and very much like an early Los Castillo hallmark so I'm including them here; beautiful, flush cluster sterling and turquoise screwback earrings; about  1-1/4" x 7/8" marked with an illegible mark and "STERLING;" some wear, a slight crack in one stone, otherwise fine condition.

$150.00  (item #HG023)

LOS CASTILLO PLUMA AZTECA BROOCH WITH ORIGINAL POUCH

Los Castillo Pluma Azteca brooch with original pouch; about 2" x 1-3/4"; marked: "LOS CASTILLO, TAXCO, STERLING;" front of brooch shows some lacquer loss, pouch is stained; otherwise fine condition.

$125.00 (item #X795)
SILVER AND COPPER LOS CASTILLO CUFF WITH INLAID STONE

Fabulous Los Castillo silver plated cuff with copper and inlaid onyx and what appears to be azure malachite; top plaque is approximately 2-3/4" x 1-3/4"; inside diameter approximately 2-3/8"; opening at the back is almost 1"; (fits medium to large wrist); marked: "HECHO EN MEXICO, LOS CASTILLO, TAXCO, PLATEADO"; light surface wear, but over all fine condition.

$650.00 (item #X726)

LOS CASTILLO STERLING NECKLACE WITH CARVED QUARTZ

Great Los Castillo necklace in sterling silver and gold-washed silver with white quartz beads and carved or etched quartz pendant with pre-Columbian design; 20" chain, pendant is about 2" long; clasp is marked: "STERLING, LOS CASTILLO, TAXCO;" some loss to the gold wash, otherwise fine condition.

$625.00 (item #X584)

Hubert Harmon arrived in Taxco in 1940 where he set up a small workshop of silversmiths to interpret his fresh, whimsical designs in metal.  His work is rare, always imaginative, and highly collectible.

Information can be found in Mexican Silver by Carole Berk and Penny Morrill, and William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance.  His work was included in the traveling exhibit, William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance. (You can order Mexican Silver or Silver Masters of Mexico from MODERN SILVER magazine books)

HUBERT HARMON STERLING AND AMETHYST CABOCHON BRACELET

Hubert Harmon sterling and amethyst bracelet; approximately 7-3/4" long; marked with maker's mark of two winged bare feet and: "STERLING, HUBERT HARMON MADE IN MEXICO;" a little nick in the silver bezel surrounding one of the amethysts, otherwise fine condition.

$1600.00 (item #CJX019)

Margot van Voorhies Carr arrived in Mexico City in 1937.  While there, she met and became friends with Maria Castillo and the two traveled together to Taxco where she was introduced to and eventually married Antonio Castillo, who put her to work designing jewelry that he would create.  She was a talented designer who worked for many years creating some of Los Castillo's most successful designs.  In 1948, she opened her own shop, Margot de Taxco, and eventually, had over 20 silversmiths and ten enamelists on her staff.  Her work is unique and very desirable for its quality and beauty.  Her enamels were sometimes based on Japanese designs and the colors are spectacular.  Margot's work, more than any other, was designed for woman--it is mostly very wearable and highly feminine.

Information can be found in Mexican Silver by Carole Berk and Penny Morrill and William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance.  Her work was included in the traveling exhibit, William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance.

You can order Mexican Silver, $59.95 (item #SMB001) or Silver Masters of Mexico, $49.95 (item #SMB002) from MODERN SILVER magazine books  Please add $3.95 for shipping for each book.

MARGOT DE TAXCO STERLING NECKLACE

Beautiful, Margot de Taxco sterling necklace, c. 1950s; about 15" long x 3/4" wide; marked: "STERLING, MADE IN MEXICO, MARGOT DE TAXCO, 5240" and early eagle stamp with "16;" fine condition.

$465.00 (item #HPMVC002)SOLD

MARGOT DE TAXCO STERLING BRACELET

Margot de Taxco sterling bracelet, c. 1950s; about 7-3/4" long x 3/4" wide; marked: "STERLING, MADE IN MEXICO, MARGOT DE TAXCO, 5210" and early eagle stamp with "16;" fine condition.

$365.00 (item #HPMVC001) 

BEAUTIFUL, ICONIC MARGOT DE TAXCO ROMAN NUMERALS - AM/PM NECKLACE & EARRINGS

A truly classic set by Margot de Taxco; Roman numerals necklace and AM/PM earrings; c. 1955; necklace is about 15-1/2" (total length) and each link is about 3/4" long; screwback earrings are each about 1-1/8" x 5/8"; all pieces are in fine condition with excellent patina; marked: "MADE IN MEXICO, STERLING (around eagle mark "16"), MARGOT DE TAXCO, 5201.

SOLD (item #BLX001)

MARGOT DE TAXCO NECKLACE & BRACELET SET

An elegant Margot de Taxco sterling necklace and bracelet set; c. late 1940s, very early 1950s; necklace measures 16" long with 3/4" wide links; bracelet is  8"long with 1-1/2" wide links; each piece is marked: "MADE IN MEXICO, STERLING (around eagle #13), MARGOT DE TAXCO, 5240; excellent patina, fine condition.

SOLD (item #BLX002)

MARGOT DE TAXCO ENAMEL ON STERLING "FISH IN THE WAVES" PARURE

There are no proper words to describe the beauty of this 1950s design by Margot de Taxco; rich, elegant, ocean-green enamels  shimmer with tiny spots of yellow-green, orange, turquoise, and deep blue, and the construction of this set, alone, is magnificent; necklace is about 15" around with a 3-1/4" long center fish; bracelet is about 7" long x 1-1/2" wide; earrings are approximately 1-3/4" x 1/2"; necklace is marked: "MARGOT DE TAXCO, 5644" (other marks are illegible), bracelet is marked: "MARGOT DE TAXCO, 5644, MADE IN MEXICO, STERLING," and eagle mark with #16; earrings are not marked; the set is in fine condition with only a minute bit of enamel loss on the top of the wave coming from the fish on the center of the necklace.

$4,500.00 for the set (item #BLX003) SOLD

This set was a part of the traveling exhibition, Maestros de Plata, William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance, and is pictured (in blue) on page 48 of the catalog for that exhibit.  It is pictured in green in Margot Van Voorhies, The Art of Mexican Enamelwork by Penny Morrill on page 61. It is also pictured on the cover of that book (in blue).

MARGOT DE TAXCO STERLING & ENAMEL EARRINGS

A beautiful pair of sterling and enamel earrings by Margot de Taxco; screwbacks; approximately 1-1/4" x 7/8"; marked: "MARGOT DE TAXCO, 538?, STERLING, MADE IN MEXICO, " and eagle stamp with number "16"; a couple of tiny, minor chips to the enamel surface that can only be seen with a 10X loupe, otherwise fine condition.

$195.00 (item #KKX001)

Antonio Pineda  (1919-2009) was born in Taxco, where his family had lived for generations. His artistry will go down in history as one of the very best from Mexico's metalsmiths.  His warm and unforgettable personality and his brilliance live on through the beautiful pieces he created.  

Though his earliest work includes natural subjects and traditional early Mexican designs, his later work, beginning in the 1950s is done in a highly modernist tradition with great ingenuity and quality. His work is some of the most desirable of all that was done in Taxco during his lifetime.

Information can be found in Mexican Silver by Carole Berk and Penny Morrill, Silver Masters of Mexico, by Penny Morrill and William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance.  His work was included in the traveling exhibit, William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance.

You can order Mexican Silver, $59.95 (item #SMB001) or Silver Masters of Mexico, $49.95 (item #SMB002) from MODERN SILVER magazine books  Please add $3.95 for shipping for each book.

See also: http://www.modernsilver.com/antoniopinedamemorial.htm
http://www.modernsilver.com/antoniointerview.html

http://www.modernsilver.com/Antoniointaxco.htm

ANTONIO PINEDA STERLING CUFFLINKS

A great pair of modernist, sterling cufflinks, each is about 1-1/8" x 3/4"; marked with the Antonio crown stamp, eagle stamp with number #58, and what appears to be "LOS CASTILLO, 925," and other illegible marks; good patina, fine condition.

SOLD (item #SMX068)

ANTONIO PINEDA STERLING & AMETHYST NECKLACE & EARRINGS

An exceptional set by Antonio Pineda, purchased directly from the artist in the 1950s; about 16" around the interior; largest pendant is about 2" from top of small faceted amethyst to the bottom of the teardrop-shaped amethyst; screwback earrings are about 1-1/4" long; all is in very fine condition; marked with Antonio crown stamp, eagle with #17, "970, SILVER."

SOLD (item #ME001)

ANTONIO PINEDA STERLING SCREWBACK EARRING WITH PEARLS

Beautiful vintage 970 sterling screwback earrings with pearls by Antonio Pineda; 2-1/2" long; marked: "MEXICO, 970," and Antonio crown stamp; very light surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

SOLD (item #AB-X853)

ANTONIO PINEDA STERLING BRACELET

Vintage 970 sterling bracelet by Antonio Pineda; this is a classic Pineda design; heavy and chunky; approximately 7" long by 1" wide by 3/16" thick; marked: "MEXICO, 970, ZZ," and Antonio crown stamp; very light surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

An extremely beautiful and comprehensive collection of the work of Antonio Pineda was on display in the exhibit, Silver Seduction, the Art of Mexican Modernist Antonio Pineda at the Fowler Museum UCLA through March 15, 2009. See MODERN SILVER magazine's review of that exhibit by Sheila Pamfiloff, at  www.modernsilver.com/silver_seduction.htm

$1,950.00 (item #X762)

ANTONIO PINEDA 970 STERLING BANGLE

Wonderful substantial, mobius strip-type 970 sterling bangle by Antonio Pineda; inside diameter approximately 2-1/2" by 2-1/8"; marked with early eagle stamp with #17, "HECHO EN MEXICO, Antonio crown stamp, "970;" fine condition.

$935.00  (item #X798)
RARE ANTONIO PINEDA STERLING BRACELET

Rare and early Antonio Pineda 970 sterling bracelet; approximately 7" long by 1/2" wide by 3/8"deep; marked: "SILVER HECHO EN MEXICO, ZZ, 703, 970," Antonio crown stamp, and eagle with #17; light surface wear, catch is a little difficult to use (may need slight repair), otherwise fine condition.

$2,500.00 (item #X765)

ANTONIO PINEDA STERLING LINK BRACELET

Antonio Pineda sterling link bracelet; approximately 1-1/8" wide x 7-1/8" long; marked with Antonio crown stamp, eagle stamp with what looks like #2, "TAXCO, MEXICO, C.M., 970;" light surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

$2,000.00 (item #X783)
ANTONIO PINEDA STERLING & MOONSTONE EARRINGS

Gorgeous modernist sterling and moonstone earrings by Antonio Pineda; each is approximately 1-1/8" x 3/4"; clips; marked with Antonio crown stamp, "STERLING, MEXICO, 970, SILVER" and eagle stamp with number 17; fine condition.

$495.00 (item #X714)

ANTONIO PINEDA 970 STERLING BRACELET

Classic Antonio Pineda design 970 sterling bracelet; ca. 1950's-60's; approximately 7-1/4" long x 1/2 wide x 1/4" deep; marked: "HECHO EN MEXICO," Antonio crown stamp, eagle mark with "17, 970;" nice patina, fine condition.

$1,400.00 (item #X610)

Sigi Pineda, (b. 1929) "developed his own style in the early 1950's, approaching a more international flavor to his work than his contemporaries and predecessors who were exploring symbolic Mexican themes. Sigi's version of organic modernism was inspirational in developing and establishing a new design sensibility in Taxco, Mexican modernism, adding to the established Mexican art vocabulary."  From Sigi Pineda, Looking to the Future, by Sheila Pamfiloff and Javier (Javi) Oliveres.

His work is highly collectible for it's quality and unique, recognizable designs.  It is featured in both Mexican Silver by Carole Berk and Penny Morrill and Silver Masters of Mexico by Penny Morrill.

You can order Mexican Silver, $59.95 (item #SMB001) or Silver Masters of Mexico, $49.95 (item #SMB002) from MODERN SILVER magazine books  Please add $3.95 for shipping for each book.

SIGI PINEDA STERLING & OBSIDIAN PIN

Exceptional mid 20th century sterling and obsidian pin by Mexican master, Sigi Pineda; about 2-1/2" x 1-3/4"; marked: "Sigi, TASCO, STERLING, HECHO EN MEXICO, 220," and eagle mark with number "3"; a little roughness to the silver on the "points" of the shape and a little on one edge, otherwise fine condition.

$225.00 (item #X831)  

SIGI PINEDA MIXED METALS AND STONE PLAQUE

Sigi Pineda mixed metals and inlaid stone plaque (most likely alpaca and copper); about 19-3/4" x 8"; inlaid signature: "Sigi;" alpaca has some pitting and tarnish, slight oxidation to the copper and there is some roughness on the edges; what appears to be a lacquered coating has pealed just slightly on one corner; otherwise good condition--a wonderful work of art by Sigi Pineda

$1,575.00 (item #X755)

SIGI PINEDA BIOMORPHIC STERLING PIN

Biomorphic sterling pin by Sigi Pineda, c. 1950s; about 2-1/2" x 1"; marked: "Sigi, TAXCO, STERLING, HECHO EN MEXICO" and eagle with #36, also design number, probably "24"; light surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

SOLD (item #X707)

Salvador Vaca Teran was an outstanding silver designer and technician.  He began in the 1930s working as a zorrita at Las Delicias with William Spratling.  In 1939, he joined Los Castillo where his jewelry was sold under that Los Castillo mark for many years.  In 1952, he established his own workshop with twenty-five silversmiths in Mexico City.  His work is unique in its use of overlapping planes. He is also known for combining metal with stone mosaics that were made into trays, pitchers, etc.

His work is highly collectible and quite rare.

Information can be found in Mexican Silver by Carole Berk and Penny Morrill, Silver Masters of Mexico, by Penny Morrill and William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance.  Her work was included in the traveling exhibit, William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance.

You can order Mexican Silver, $59.95 (item #SMB001) or Silver Masters of Mexico, $49.95 (item #SMB002) from MODERN SILVER magazine books  Please add $3.95 for shipping for each book.

SALVADOR TERAN CROUCHING MAN BRACELET

An iconic and fabulous Salvador design, c. 1950s-60s; sterling bracelet with abstracted, crouching Aztec warrior; front, oval-shaped, 3-dimensional panel is about 1-3/8" x 1-1/8" with hinged, side panels, each about 1-1/4" x 5/8"; overall circumference of the inside of the bracelet is about 7" (fits medium wrist); this is a great piece of wearable art!  Bracelet is marked: "STERLING, MEXICO, Salvador, 157," and eagle mark with number "36'; safety chain is intact; very fine condition with good patina.

SOLD (item #KZX012)

SALVADOR TERAN STERLING CHOKER

Salvador Vaca Teran sterling choker with bold, abstract design, C. 1950s; about 15-1/2" around; front section is about 1-1/4" wide (at the widest section); marked in script: "Salvador," and "STERLING, MEXICO," and "115;" some light surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

$975.00 (item #CJX028)

SALVADOR TERAN STERLING NECKLACE

Elegant, classic, Salvador Teran sterling necklace; approximately 5-5/8 x 4-1/2" (fits small neck); marked: "Salvador, STERLING, MEXICO;" with eagle mark 36, 1, 161; great patina; fine condition.

$495.00 (item #MSX853)

SALVADOR TERAN BRASS LIDDED BOX STONE TILE MOSAIC

Brass lidded box with stone tile mosaic by Salvador Teran, c. 1950s; about 4-3/8" high x 3-1/16" wide x 2-3/8" deep; brown tiles with golden flecks; interior and bottom are reddish brown (glaze or paint); marked: "Salvador, HANDWROUGHT, HECHO EN MEXICO, 424;" fine condition.

$725.00(item #X745)

EARLY SALVADOR VACA TERAN STERLING EARRINGS

A great early pair of sterling earrings by Mexican master Salvador Vaca Teran; each is approximately 1-1/2" long x 3/4" wide; screwbacks; one is marked: "Salvador (in script), SILVER, MEXICO," and the other is marked: "SILVER MEXICO, STERLING MEXICO;" fine condition with good patina.

$195.00 (item #X571)

SALVADOR TERAN BRASS LIDDED BOX STONE TILE MOSAIC

Brass lidded box with stone tile mosaic by Salvador Teran, c. 1950s; about 4-3/8" high x 3-1/16" wide x 2-1/4" deep; soft blue-green stone; interior and bottom is lavender (glaze or paint); marked: "Salvador, HANDWROUGHT, HECHO EN MEXICO, 424;" fine condition.

$725.00 (item #X641)

SALVADOR TERAN COPPER TRAY WITH STONE TILE MOSAIC

Copper tray with stone tile mosaic by Salvador Teran, c. 1950s; beautiful deep reddish-brown patina; about 12-1/2" long x 6" wide; tiles are in fine condition; tray has a crack through the metal on one end (see larger photograph on html page); marked: "HANDWROUGHT, HECHO EN MEXICO, Salvador, 425."

SOLD (item #X642) 

William Spratling (1900-1967) has been called by many 'a Renaissance Man.' Throughout Mexico he is acknowledged as "The Father of Mexican Silver." Certainly the town of Taxco and its economy would be vastly different without the initiative and creativity of this man. He complemented its valuable historic past with a new vitality and spirit which recognized the importance of the indigenous culture. The artistic and economic foundation he established continues to flourish today."  (This is taken from a biography of William Spratling by Phyllis Goddard.  Please see the whole biography at http://www.spratlingsilver.com/spratling.htm)

Also read:  http://www.modernsilver.com/Williamspratlinghallmarks.htm

Information can be found in Mexican Silver by Carole Berk and Penny Morrill, Silver Masters of Mexico, by Penny Morrill and William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance.  His work was included in the traveling exhibit, William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance.

You can order Mexican Silver, $59.95 (item #SMB001) or Silver Masters of Mexico, $49.95 (item #SMB002) from MODERN SILVER magazine books  Please add $3.95 for shipping for each book.

WILLIAM SPRATLING STERLING BOW PIN WITH AMETHYST

Vintage, 1940's sterling bow pin with amethyst by Wiliam Spratling; about 4-1/2" long x 1-5/8" wide; marked with Spratling's "WS" print mark (within a circle) with "SPRATLING, MADE IN MEXICO," and "SPRATLING SILVER" within an oval; fine, vintage condition.

$1,250.00 (item #JPWS001)

WILLIAM SPRATLING STERLING "PILLOW" BRACELET

William Spratling sterling bracelet, often called "the pillow bracelet," c. early 1940s; about 8" long x 7/8" wide; marked with Spratling's "WS" print stamp, "SPRATLING, MADE IN MEXICO," and "SPRATLING SILVER;" light surface wear, otherwise fine condition with pin closure and safety chain.

$2,500.00  (item #AAX002)

EARLY WILLIAM SPRATLING "VINDOBONESIS" STERLING BRACELET

Early William Spratling sterling bracelet, c. 1930s; motif taken from the Codex Vindobonesis (an early pictorial history book of the Mixtec people from the time of the creation until just before the Spanish Conquest); slightly over 8" long x 1" wide; weighs about 3.6 ounces; marked with Spratling's "WS" conjoined print mark; "TAXCO, 980;" fine condition with lovely patina; safety chain intact.

$2,500.00 (item #AAX003)

WILLIAM SPRATLING TIN CANDLESTICK

Great early tin candlestick by William Spratling, c. 1930s, early 1940s; about 9-1/4" high; marked with "WS" conjoined, TAXCO, MEXICO;"  few dents; wonderful old patina.

$1,500.00  (item #X641)

WILLIAM SPRATLING PATINATED TIN CANDLESTICKS

A great vintage pair of tin candlesticks by William Spratling; patinated with a brown finish; each is approximately 3-1/2" high x 4-3/4" diameter; each is marked with both large and small conjoined "WS" and "TAXCO;" nice old patina, fine condition.

$1,950.00  (item #X642)

WILLIAM SPRATLING STERLING JIGGER

William Spratling sterling silver jigger; about 5" high; one end is 1-3/4" diameter and the other 1-1/2" diameter; marked with the "WS" script mark and "WILLIAM SPRATLING, TAXCO, MEXICO" (used from 1951 - 1967); top and bottom edges are slightly irregular from wear, otherwise fine condition.

SOLD  (item #X644)

EARLY WILLIAM SPRATLING STERLING BAR PIN

William Spratling sterling bar pin, ca. 1930s-40s; about 3-1/4" long x 3/4" wide (at the middle circular section); marked with the Spratling "WS" print mark in a circle and "SPRATLING SILVER" in an oval cartouche; fine condition.

A similar pin can be seen on the Spratling silver site at
Http://www.spratlingsilver.com/spratlingsilver_cfmfiles/main/search3.cfm?id=849

$465.00 (item #X561)

RARE WILLIAM SPRATLING STERLING AND COPPER CUFF

Very rare William Spratling sterling and copper married metals cuff, c. 1960s; band is about 3/4" wide; inside diameter approximately 2-1/4"; opening is about 1-1/4"; shows fine surface wear, otherwise fine condition; marked with Spratling's conjoined "WS" script mark and eagle with number "63."

$2,950.00 (item #X454)

1930S WILLIAM SPRATLING STERLING CUFF

Great William Spratling sterling cuff; ca. 1933-1938; about 1/2" wide; inside diameter approximately 2-1/2"; opening is about 1-5/8"; fits a larger wrist--would look very nice on a man; marked with "WS" print hallmark in a circle, "TAXCO, 980"; cuff has a small crack in the silver (bottom middle), but is stable.

$925.00 (item #X586)

Raphael Melendez (1911-1980) worked at the Taller de las Delicias for William Spratling in the 1930s.  In 1939, he opened his own workshop, the Plateria Melendez where he created some beautiful pieces using pre-Columbian motifs.  Many of his pieces were executed in 980 silver.

EARLY RAFAEL MELENDEZ STERLING RING

A rare, early ring by Rafael Melendez, c. 1930s-40s; about size 5; top is approximately 7/8" x 5/8"; marked with conjoined RM mark, "980, TAXCO (under the band); nice patina; fine condition.

$225.00 (item #SMX060)

Victoria was the name of the silver shop of Ana Maria Nunez de Brilanti., founded in 1940. She worked in silver, copper, and mixed metals. Her designs are distinctive and beautifully created.  She designed a necklace for First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt who admired the piece so much that she had Ana copy it for her friends.

Victoria pieces are highly collectible.

Information can be found in Mexican Silver by Carole Berk and Penny Morrill, Silver Masters of Mexico, by Penny Morrill and William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance.  Her work was included in the traveling exhibit, William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance.

You can order Mexican Silver, $59.95 (item #SMB001) or Silver Masters of Mexico, $49.95 (item #SMB002) from MODERN SILVER magazine books  Please add $3.95 for shipping for each book.

VICTORIA OF TAXCO COPPER & SILVER SET #482

A great copper and silver set by Victoria of Taxco, c. 1940s-50s--includes tray, coffee pot, creamer, and sugar;  round platter is about 14" diameter with sterling overlay design, some light surface scratches and one small crease that translates to a scratch on the bottom (please see large pictures on the html page); coffee pot is 8" high and has brass overlay decoration, but is sterling inside and is in great condition, inside and out with just a bit of light surface wear and no dents and a lovely wooden handle; creamer is about 5"high with sterling overlay and sterling interior with a wooden handle, in fine condition overall except for a scratch inside the lid (please see larger pictures on the html page); sugar is about 5" high with sterling decoration and interior and is in fine condition; all pieces are marked: "VICTORIA, MEXICO, TAXCO, COPPER, 482; " all pieces could be polished to look like new, but  I've left them as-is for the buyer to decide.

SOLD (item #SMX016)

NINE HAND-WROUGHT COPPER DINNER PLATES BY VICTORIA OF TAXCO

Nine absolutely stunning hand-wrought copper dinner plates with incised lines by Victoria of Taxco, c. 1940s; each plate is approximately 11-1/2" in diameter and each is marked: "VICTORIA, TAXCO, MEXICO, COPPER, 600;"each plate has a bit of oxidation in places, but all are in overall, very fine condition.

SOLD (item #SX002)

VICTORIA COPPER BOX WITH APPLIED STERLING FIGURES

Great vintage Victoria of Taxco copper box with applied sterling silver donkeys, figures and knobs; interior also appears to be silver--I have not polished it; wonderful old patina; about 4-3/16" x 5-1/4" x 7/8" deep; shows wear, but it is very charming! Marked on bottom: "262, VICTORIA, TAXCO, MEXICO."

SOLD (item #X648)

Reveriano Castillo was one of the first apprentices at William Spratling's Las Delicias before going to work for Hector Aguilar at the Taller Borda.  He and his wife, Maria worked for Los Castillo for ten years before founding their own workshop, Reveri, in 1952.

REVERIANO CASTILLO STERLING PRE-COLUMBIAN PIN

A great vintage 1950s pre-Columbian design sterling pin by Reveriano Castillo; about 1-3/4" x 1-1/2"; marked "STERLING, TAXCO, MEXICO, REVERI, 60" and eagle mark with illegible number.

SOLD (item #RLX001)

REVERIANO CASTILLO "VINDOBONESIS" STERLING BRACELET

A gorgeous, early, handwrought, early sterling link bracelet by Reveriano Castillo; motif taken from the Codex Vindobonesis (an early pictorial history book of the Mixtec people from the time of the creation until just before the Spanish Conquest); slightly over 8" long x 1-1/8" wide; weighs about 4 ounces; marked with an "R" within a "C", STERLING, TAXCO, 5," and eagle mark with #3; a couple of the protruding silver "cabochons" are slightly dented, otherwise fine condition with safety chain in tact and a lovely patina.

SOLD (item #AAX002)

REVERIANO CASTILLO STERLING BRACELET

Hand-wrought sterling bracelet by Reveriano Castillo; slightly over 7-3/4" long x 1/4" wide; marked with an "R" within a "C", STERLING, TAXCO, MEXICO, 20," light surface wear, otherwise fine condition with good patina; safety chain is missing.

SOLD (item #AAX006)

Maricela is the mark for Isidro Garcia Pina, who produced beautiful, substantial silver jewelry under that name in honor of his eldest daughter, Maricela.  He began working with silver in 1940, apprenticing with Damaso Gallegos in Tezicapan in the state of Mexico.  Later, after moving to Taxco, Sr. Garcia worked for Gilberto Melendez and, in 1943, began working on his own.  His first taller was near the Hotel Victoria where, in 1959, he opened his first shop.

Information from Mexican Silver, Modern Hand-wrought Jewelry & Metalwork by Berk and Morrill.

MEXICAN 950 STERLING BRACELET BY MARICELA

Great quality and design sterling bracelet by Maricela, Taxco; about 6-1/2" long x 3/4" wide; marked: "TAXCO, 950, MARICELA;" fine condition with good patina.

SOLD (item #BJ145)

MARICELA, TAXCO STERLING PIN/PENDANT

Maricela, Taxco, sterling, spiral-shaped pin/pendant with deep oxidation—a striking piece with good weight; about 1-5/8" x 1-1/8"; marked: "Maricela, TASCO, HECHO EN MEXICO, STERLING," and eagle mark with #3; fine condition.

SOLD  (item #KZX021)

Model wearing blue necklace (below)

EXCEPTIONAL MEXICAN STERLING NECKLACE WITH BLUE STONES

Exceptionally beautiful modernist design--sterling necklace with twenty-five undulating pendants, each with a prong-set blue stone (either lapis or sodalite), longest pendant is about 2-1/4" and shortest is 1"; about 15" long overall; marked: "925, MEXICO, STERLING;" fine condition.

$475.00 (item #X769)
GORGEOUS, STERLING & TIGER'S EYE, MAYAN MOTIF NECKLACE BY MARGARITA DORADO

A truly striking sterling necklace with carved tiger's eye by Taxco, contemporary Mexican jeweler, Margarita Dorado; Mayan motif; chain section is about 18" long with a 4-1/2" long pendant; marked: "MEXICO, TD-29, 925;" fine condition.

$365.00 (item #HPMD001) 

1950S MEXICAN CUT-OUT DESIGN STERLING BRACELET

Substantial, and lovely 1950s sterling Mexican bracelet with pre-Columbian cut-out design; these bracelets are very wearable and hard to find in such great condition; weighs a full 2.2 ounces; no scratches, two tiny dents on the underside of two of the balls; otherwise fine condition; has a safety chain; bracelet is about 7" long x 3/4" wide; marked: "ROMERO, 925, TAXCO" and "PEDRO, TAXCO, STERLING."

SOLD (item #SMX55)

MELECIO RODRIGUEZ STERLING DRAGON KEY RING

Sculptural, sterling key ring by Mexican silversmith Melecio Rodriguez; dragon's tongue moves sideways and up to open the key holder, but when it is closed, it locks quite well; good weight, about 2" x 1-3/4"; marked "MR" with eagle number "3" and other illegible marks; fine condition.

SOLD (item #HPX073 ) 

THREE-DIMENSIONAL MEXICAN STERLING PIN/PENDANT

A pretty, three-dimensional Mexican sterling pin/pendant in Victorian style; some great silver work in the applied pot of flowers with double birds and also on the "frame" with it's flowers and leaves; background is either onyx or black glass, turquoise appears to be glass, also, but it doesn't take away from the charm of the piece; pendant is about 2-1/8" x 1-3/4"; non-original sterling chain is about 24"; piece is marked "ABM, HECHO EN MEXICO, DF," and what looks like "865;" pin with safety catch and bail for chain; pin stem may have been replaced, but everything works fine and the piece is in overall fine condition.

$225.00 item #SMX065)

MARGOT-STYLE ENAMEL ON STERLING BRACELET BY JOSÉ FREDERICO

Pretty turquoise-blue and white enamel on sterling bracelet by José Frederico, Taxco; about 7-5/8" long x 3/4" wide; fine condition with no chips to the enamel; marked with conjoined "JF, STERLING, 925, TAXCO, 124.

$225.00 (item #HPX060)

A PAIR OF MIXED METALS MEXICAN RINGS

Mixed metals Mexican rings, c. 1950s; one is the figure of a cat in silver and brass inlaid in silver; the other appears to be a Mayan figure in silver, copper and brass; bands are sterling; cat ring is about size 7-1/4, Mayan ring is about size 9; these would be fun worn together--one on the ring finger and the other on the middle finger; each is marked: "MEXICO, FNR, TAXCO, 925;" cat ring has an eagle mark with number "3;" both are in fine, vintage condition.

$95.00 each ($225.00 for the pair) (item #JPX002--the cat ring is sold, but the Mayan figure ring is available)

MEXICAN ONYX MAYAN KING PACAL HEAD SCULPTURE

Striking Mexican onyx sculpture of Mayan king Pacal; dramatic design with sterling braiding on headpiece, sterling and turquoise forehead decoration and sterling and sodalite earrings; stamped sterling color; about 8-1/2" high; marked: "MEXICO, 925" and design number that appears to be "213;" one side of the sterling braid on the "feathered" headpiece is missing, one earring has some dents, otherwise fine condition.

King Pacal (also known as Pacal the Great) was born in the year 603 A.D. He was king of the Maya Kingdom of Palenque and is said to have reigned for 67 years until his death at the age of 80. Pacal initiated a building program at his capital that produced some of the finest art and architecture of the Maya civilization. After his death, Pacal the Great was worshiped as a god, and said to communicate with his descendants.

$325.00 (item #HPX050)

STERLING MEXICAN BRACELET

Sterling Mexican bracelet; Pineda design by a different artist; about 7-1/4" long; marked: "MEXICO; T2-05, 925;" some light surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

$450.00 (item #MVX006)

PLATA FINA DE TAXCO, POLO, STERLING AND BLACK ONYX MEXICAN BRACELET

Exceptional Mexican bracelet that uses the "onix negro" technique that was perfected by Los Castillo; a ying yang-type design with onyx and silver, backed with a silver plate; just slightly over 7" long x 1-1/4" wide; marked: "PoLo" in a circle, "PLATA FINA DE TAXCO;";" "0.925;" some wear to the onyx, one tiny crack at the top of the onyx in one link and light surface wear to the silver, but in overall fine condition with an excellent closing mechanism.

HOLD (item #CJX021)

STERLING MEXICAN CLAMPER BY J. GOMEZ

Sterling Mexican clamper marked: "TAXCO, 926, J. GOMEZ; STERLING, HECHO EN MEXICO;" nice patina; some light surface wear and one small dent, otherwise fine condition; hinge works well.

$235.00 (item #CJX026)

MEXICAN STERLING AND ONYX BRACELET

Exceptional design, sterling and onyx bracelet; about 6-1/2" long; mark has two pine trees, "T9-79, MEXICO," and "925;" fine condition.

$385.00 (item #CJX027)

MEXICAN STERLING NECKLACE WITH PRE-COLUMBIAN DESIGNS

Exceptional Mexican sterling necklace with pre-Columbian motifs; about 24" long; smaller motifs are about 3/4" long; pendant section is about  2-3/8" long; marked: "CJ, MEXICO 925;" nice patina, slight surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

$485.00 (item #HP002)
EARLY 980 STERLING MEXICAN BRACELET

Early, 980 Sterling Mexican bracelet; excellent design and quality; about 1--1/4" wide x 6-1/2" long (fits small wrist); pin-type catch; marked: "980, TAXCO;" a few tiny dents in the balls, otherwise fine condition with great patina.

$450.00 (item #KK040)

TALLERES MONASTICOS ROSEWOOD PLAQUE

Rosewood plaque with image of Abraham and the night sky in brass, copper and silver; created by Talleres Monasticos (probably c. early 1960s); about 10" x 4-7/8" x slightly over 3/4" thick; marked with Talleres Monasticos maker's mark on the reverse and .925; some light surface wear, but in overall fine condition.

"Talleres Monasticos is the workshop of the Benedictine monks of Cuernavaca.  The workshop was described as producing some exceptionally interesting semi-abstract liturgical artwork." (From Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks by Bille Hougart, p. 195)

SOLD (item #XU001)
MEXICAN STERLING EARRINGS WITH MOBILE CIRCLES

Mexican sterling earrings with mobile circles; fun and beautiful; 3" x 1-1/8"; marked on metal tag: "TM-107, 925;" very slight surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

$185.00  (item #X826)
ERIKA HULT DE CORRAL STERLING BRACELET WITH GREEN STONE

Lovely Erika Hult de Corral sterling bracelet with green stone which appears to be Mexican jade; inside diameter approximately 2-3/8 x 2"; marked: "RIC; STERLING, MEXICO; and eagle mark with number 36;  slight surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

Erika Hult de Corral was an award-winning designer who studied at the Parsons School of Design in Paris.  She worked with Sigfrido Pineda and Enrique Ledesma in Taxco before opening her own workshop.  She owns and operates shops in Puerto Vallarta.

Taken from "Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks" by Bille Hougart

SOLD (item #AB-X850)

LARGE FLAT WALL HANGING / TRAY IN THE STYLE OF SALVADOR TERAN

Large copper tray / wall hanging with stone tile mosaic in the style of Salvador; red patina (probably painted); about 21" (including handle) x 7-1/2"; great scene of a seated couple--very colorful! A tiny bit of stone loss-overall fine condition; no marks.

$225.00 (item #X643)

MEXICAN STERLING & ONYX NECKLACE

Beautiful early Mexican sterling and onyx necklace in the style of Fred Davis or Hector Aguilar, about 1" wide x 18" long; makers marks are mostly illegible, but what can be read is: "HECHO EN MEXICO, 925;" great patina, fine condition.

$650.00 (item #X731)

EARLY LOS BALLESTEROS STERLING PIN/PENDANT WITH CARVED AMETHYST

An early Los Ballesteros sterling pin/pendant with carved amethyst face, c. 1940s, early 1950s; about 2" x 1-3/4"; marked with Los Ballesteros stylized "LB" surrounded by "TALLERES LOS BALLESTEROS, TAXCO. GRO" and "HECHO EN MEXICO" and "STERLING, 925;" bail for chain and safety catch for pin; amethyst has some crazing in the back which may be original and does not affect the look of the front; nice patina; fine condition.

SOLD (item #SMX010)

MEXICAN STERLING BRACELET BY LOS BALLESTEROS

Classic sterling bracelet by Los Ballesteros; designed like a cuff but hinged in the back; inside diameter approximately 2-1/2", band tapers from about 2" in the front to 3/4" in the back; marked with Los Ballesteros double B makers mark, HECHO EN MEXICO, MM-34, 925;" also inscribed "The Light, the Heat in Your Eyes, Love... Rick, 5-87" and "D.R.C.;" some light wear, otherwise fine condition.

SOLD (item #X782)

MEXICAN STERLING PIN / PENDENT

Wonderful design Mexican Sterling pin/pendent, c. 1950s; approximately 2-5/8" x 1-1/2"; marked: "M R, STERLING, 925, TAXCO, MEX," and eagle with #3; nice old patina, some light surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

$175.00 (item #X713)

1980S LARGE MEXICAN HINGED STERLING BANGLE

Unusual and interesting design large sterling Mexican hinged bangle, c. 1986; about 1-1/8" wide x 3/4" thick (at the corners); marked: "TA-19" and inscribed: "1986" and illegible initials; some light scratches and a couple very small dents, otherwise good condition.

$450.00  (item #X715)

EARLY TAXCO 980 ROOSTER PIN BY ARTEMIO NAVARRET

Great, early pre-Columbian style rooster in 980 silver by Artemio Navarret; about 2-3/8" x 1-3/4"; marked with Navarret's hallmark: "AN (conjoined), 980;" fine condition.

SOLD (item #X625)

HANDMADE STERLING BANGLE

Mexican handmade sterling bangle in an ovoid, twisted design; about 3/4" at the widest section; inside diameter approximately 2-1/2"; fine condition; marked: "MEXICO, TM-81, 925, and  JVC."

$215.00 (item #X555)

HANDMADE BRASS PENDANT WITH STONES

Huge handmade brass pendant and chain; Three stones including turquoise, tiger's eye and a blue-green stone; pendant is approximately 3" x 3", chain is about 28" long; piece is marked "HECHO EN MEXICO, and L.B.;" fine condition

$235.00 (item #X627)

MEXICAN 980 STERLING PIN

Vintage Mexican sterling pin; 980 silver; approximately 2-1/4" x 1-1/2"; original C-catch; marked: "TAXCO, 980;" nice old patina with oxidation on the front (piece may have had some type of inlay at one time); reverse has a copper-colored stain.

$185.00 (item #X607)

CONSTRUCTIVIST STERLING PIN, GERRO BLANCO, MEXICO

Highly sculptural constructivist sterling handmade pin; about 3" long x 1-1/2" high x 3/4" deep; marked: "MEXICO, 925, STERLING, GC-01, GERROBLANCO" and illegible script signature, some light surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

$225.00 (item #X627)

MEXICAN STERLING SWAN PIN WITH ONYX EYE

Great older Mexican sterling swan pin with onyx eye; about 2" x 3-1/2"; marked: "STERLING, MEXICO;" fine condition.

$180.00 (item #X624)
EARLY MEXICAN STERLING & CARVED STONE PIN

Intricate, early Mexican sterling pin with wonderful carved green stone and filigreed bezel; about 2-11/4" square; marked; "SILVER, MEXICO;" nice patina, fine condition.

$195.00 (item #X619)

MOTA, TASCO STERLING BELT BUCKLE

Sterling belt buckle with pre-Columbian bird design; heavy and substantial; about 2-3/4" x 2-1/4"; marked; "MOTA, TASCO, MEXICO, 0925," and eagle stamp with illegible number; shows substantial surface wear, otherwise fine condition.

$350.00  (item #X573)

EARLY MEXICAN 980 PRE-COLUMBIAN DESIGN BROOCH

Early Mexican circular brooch with pre-Columbian design; approximately 1-3/4" diameter; marked: "TAXCO, 980;" C-catch has been neatly replaced with a safety catch; excellent condition, great patina.

$175.00 (item #X392)

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