William Spratling 980 pre-Columbian brooch, 1939
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All Items: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Pre 1940: item # 1074325
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|An iconic pre-Columbian pin with bristling sawtooth edge made in the 1930s by silver maestro extraordinaire William Spratling. ••• The design is based on clay stamp imprints the designer saw at Tulane University in 1938, as cited in Penny Morrill’s “William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance,” p. 24. An example from Morrill’s collection appears on p. 33 of “Mexican Silver.” ••• The pin is marked Taxco, WS in an impressed circle, 980 — marks that are consistent with the period 1933—1939. (The letters appear to have serifs.) The pin measures 2¼” long by 1½” wide. It weighs 20 grams. CONDITION: Excellent estate condition. The brooch is stiff and true, as is the clasp pin.|