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SOLD 1940's Mexican Modernist Bracelet

Mexican Vintage Jewellery

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1940's
$309.00

Vintage Superb 1940's Mexican Modernist Bracelet

This hand wrought vintage Mexican sterling silver bracelet has lovely workmanship and superb design. Pre-eagle, 1930's - 1940s, fantastic modernist design of three smooth rectangular domes of one, smooth bezel in a rope setting and three repoussé links. Simple j clasp closure, this a big, bold bracelet, yet still elegant - fantastic vintage piece.

Item Details

Size

Wearable Length: 19cm x 3.1cm

Weight

47 Grams

Hallmark

Mexico Silver

Materials

Onyx, Sterling Silver

Condition Report

Spectacular vintage condition. Will come with some patina as level of polish is a matter of taste. Minor ding to repousse, no obvious dents, lovely piece.

About this Piece

Taxco

High in the hills of southern Mexico is a small town named Taxco, rich in silver deposits with a history of mining and silver smithing, this town has produced some of the world's finest design and workmanship in vintage jewellery. The Mexican Revolution (a long and bloody civil war) ended in the 1930's leaving people and produce able to move freely for the first time in 30 years. American architect William Spratling, enamoured with the towns skills and resources, helps to reinvigorate the silver industry by creating silver design workshops, and exporting the produce, mostly to the United States. This little town became a hive of original design and expert craftsmanship attracting artisans and artists, like few other places and produced some of the worlds finest silver work for a 50 year period.

Sterling Silver

Sterling is an alloy of silver containing at least 92.5% pure silver (925 parts of 1000 thus the 925 stamp), the remainder is made up of a mix of metals (most commonly copper) used to make the metal workable. Pure silver is generally considered too soft to work with, although you can find silver jewellery at 950 or 980, even the occasional 99.9% fine silver, which can be work-hardened to increase durability.

Modernist Jewellery

Modernist jewellery was produced around the 1930's to the 1960's. It was essentially a rejection of the styles that came before it; the decorative quality of Victorian jewellery, the fussiness of Art Nouvea and the rigidity of Art Deco. It was an embrace of straight clean lines and intersecting curves. "The Modernists free thinkers and artists who broke away from the mainstream of jewelry design and looked to the fine arts for inspiration - they were Surrealists, Cubists, and Abstract Expressionists acting as sculptors in small scale, painters in enamels, and architects in miniature." (Schon: Modernist Jewelry 1930-1960: The Wearable Art Movement)