Maestros de Taxco Vintage Mexican Silver Jewelry
EARLY 980 LOS CASTILLO Pin/Clip SET -c1940

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EARLY  980 LOS CASTILLO Pin/Clip SET -c1940
A unique set of Los Castillo early pins. These large pieces were made as fur clips to be worn on fur stoles and coats so fashionable in the 1940s. Mink, chinchilla and fox furs were used as a social status indicator. The dream of every woman but worn only by the very wealthy, furs were adorned with clips such as this set. Clips were used since regular pins were difficult to use on fur and could damage the precious garments. The set depicts a type of heron found in the shores of the Texcoco lake, where the Aztecs founded the Gran Tenochtitaln. These native herons or chichicuilotes are now practically extinct. The figural on the pins depicts a Chichicuilote devouring its fish prey. The images were inspired on pre-hispanic codex materials such as the Mendoza Codex, which was used as inspiration often by the great Maestros of Taxco. The pins are sold as a set as they are not identical but rather mirror images of each other, meant to be worn on the left and right side of the fur stole. The hallmark on these pieces is the linear LOS CASTILLO hallmark known to be the earliest in their production. The use of 980 silver also is an indicator that the pieces were produced in the very early part of the 1940s. The set is a fantastic find for the Taxco silver collector. Each piece weighs 19g (0.7 oz), and it is 8 cm (3 1/8 ) long and 3.5 cm (1 1/3) wide. COLLECTOR QUALITY.

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