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SOLD Los Ballesteros Carved Silver Niello Bracelet

Mexican Vintage Jewellery

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This hand wrought vintage Mexican sterling silver bracelet has amazing workmanship and superb detail. Produced mid century between c1942 - 1950's by Talleres de Los Ballesteros. Taxco made, the pre-columbian motif carved on to a dark niello background is both both quirky and intricate. Five panels connected with pin hinges and a secure tab clasp, it still has it's original hand wrought safety chain - this is a sublime piece of vintage jewellery.

Item Details


Wearable Length: 18.7cm x 2.8cm


47 Grams


Talleres de Los Ballesteros. Taxco. Gro. 925. Hecho en Mexico. Eagle 42


Sterling Silver

Condition Report

Spectacular vintage condition. Will come with some patina, level of polish is a matter of taste. No dings, singular very minor scratch on niello on tab panel, see pic. Clasp closes with a secure click. STUNNING condition and stunning piece.

About this Piece


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.


The art or process of ornamenting metal surfaces, with any of several black metallic alloys. It is detailed process of first engraving the silver design, carving out the background areas of silver, and then filling them with an alloy of sulfur mixed with copper silver or lead. The piece is then baked at a high temperature, and afterwards it is smoothed and polished - then finally, re-engraving of the silver. The result is a dramatic finish.