Early vintage rosewood & sterling silver dish or ashtray designed & signed c. 1930's by American & Taxco, Mexico artist William Spratling (1900-67). The piece measures 3 1/4" across and 1 1/2" high. The hand carved octangular wood holder is inset with a hand hammered 980 sterling silver liner. Signed twice - WS TAXCO 980 on the silver, also WS TAXCO branded into the underside of the wood. Spratling always branded his wood furniture and objects. Beautiful condition. Pictured on Phyllis Goddard's website spratlingsilver.com. Spratling designs are the central focus of the 20th Century Mexican silver collection in the Latin American wing at Los Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA.