Talented, eccentric and not very prolific (at least where his Mexican pieces are concerned) Hubert Harmon spent a few years in Taxco in the 1940s and created some of the most beautiful, difficult to find examples of Taxco design. The repousse silver snakes and fish belt buckle at hand is a known Harmon creation yet doesn't bear his signature so I am offering it here as an unsigned piece and this is reflected in its pricing. The level of craftsmanship, however, the buckle's weight and the attention to detail and finishing make me believe that this could easily be an original Harmon. If you don't feel like using it as a belt buckle, it can easily be turned into a necklace - just add lengths of black velvet ribbon to it and a nice clasp. The transformation will be easy to reverse and will not affect the piece's value at all. Measuring 5 1/2" wide it has an overall height of approx. 4" (including the fish dangles). It weighs 82.0 grams and is simply signed "MEXICO STERLING". It dates in the pre-1948 period and is in excellent vintage condition with beautiful amethyst cabs, fantastic patina and pronounced, gorgeous repousse.