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SOLD Mexican 1950's Sterling Mask Pendant and Brooch

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1950's
$138.00

Spectacular and huge 1940's Mexican mask brooch. Totally spectacular geometric shadowbox sterling silver headdress, smooth carved green stone mask (stone is either a calcite, or dyed agate) and sterling earrings. This Taxco made brooch is a very large three dimensional piece, the headdress sits in an arc above the stone dome. The stone is a very rich, glossy green. Safety clasp at the back and a pendant hook if you'd like to wear it on a chain - circa 1950's, this Eagle 3 marked brooch is signed. This is a weighty and superby crafted pendant/brooch.

Item Details

Size

4cm x 7cm (including earrings), sits about 1.5m high/thick

Weight

31 Grams

Hallmark

Eagle 3, Taxo Mexico PJB in a circle that says Taxco, Mexico 925

Materials

Green Onyx, Sterling Silver

Condition Report

Spectacular condition. Shows mild wear commensurate with age, minor bite to nose only visible under very close inspection - does not detract, will come with some patina, as level of polish is a matter of taste. Has a handcrafted look to it - amazing vintage brooch.

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.

Mexican Tribal Mask

The carved tribal mask was popularised in the Art Deco period in Mexican jewellery. Inspired by the pre-columbian Aztec and Mayan civilisations and carved out of various stones - onyx, calcite, amethyst, tiger's eye, sometimes cast in bronze or copper - the mask features in necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets.