This antique bracelet is very old and is from Rajasthan, dated probably at least 1900 or maybe older This is one of the most unusual bracelets ever! The heavy silver front is a series of tiny interlocking slices that fit together to look like fish scales or louvers. It obviously required a tremendous concentration and hours of work to make this unique piece of art. The louvers are attached at either end with a decorative solid piece of silver decorated with a fan-shape and circles. The bracelet attaches with a tightly wound black yarn on each side and a silver button and loop. The inside circumference is 9-1/2” and outside measures 10”. It is 1-3/4” at the widest point. It weighs a substantial 110.2 grams and is in perfect condition.
This large blue Topaz bracelet is vintage Mexican style and although it is not marked, it is made of sterling silver. I have never seen one with this particular design, but it is clearly old Mexican,probably1930’s-‘40’s. The heavy, complex design is quite unusual, but has a definite royalty about its style. The closure is a pin-type that mimics the hinge mechanisms to make it disappear when closed. When I run my fingers over each one of the sparkling blue quartz stones, I can feel no irregularities, and can see none. They are in great shape. In fact, the entire bracelet is in excellent vintage condition and is truly a collector’s piece. It measures 7” inside circumference and is 1-1/4” wide. It weighs 71.4 grams.
If you crave tribal arts, you will love this necklace made from many old and ancient beads. The Amazonite beads are hundreds of years old from Afghanistan and the Ethiopian Cross and brass round and flanged beads are also very old from Africa. The brass ones especially have a character and charm in their imperfect but good design and stand out as something that might have been around for more than 100 years. There is no way to tell exactly how old some of these beads are, but most are easily 100 years old, and the Amazonite are even older. The necklace also has tiny dark spacers that are used in stringing trade bead necklaces. The only things that are not very old are the small orange glass beads and the unusual leaf-design clasp. The necklace is 30" long and the cross adds another 3". This extraordinary necklace was designed by Linda Summers.
Margot van Voorhies Carr, better known as Margot de Taxco was one of the premier silver artists of Taxco during the Mexican silver renaissance which took place from the 1920’s until the 1970’s. She was incredibly talented, making beautiful detailed drawings of her designs before they were executed. Those drawings were as well-done as her finished pieces of her complex designs. She had her own shop from 1948 to 1978 and had about 300 artisans and workers working for her. The foreman who supervised all of the artisans in her shop was Melesio Rodriguez, who worked for her from the 1948-1978 when she closed her shop. At that time, she gave him several of her priceless molds, which he uses showing her design number. This bracelet was made by Melesio from one of those molds. Although it is not vintage, it was made from the vintage mold of this extraordinary artist, Margot de Taxco. This distinctive clamper is fabulously elegant in its presentation of dimensional whorls, feathers, and lines hand wrought by Melesio, who is a well-known master silver artisan and still makes jewelry in Mexico today. This bracelet is one of the finest in design and workmanship I have ever seen. The deeply repoussed pattern carefully sweeps around from the front focal point of large dimensional whorls to incised lines and little “u’s” running from the side to the spring in back. This powerful design is accented with a dark patina that emphasizes the profoundly elegant and superb artistry of this piece. . The bracelet is marked, “ Melesio Rodriguez, 950, Taxco, Mexico, TR-11-1, 408”. This hallmark is noted in "The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks" by Billy Hougart. The inside circumference is approximately 7”, with the widest point at the front of 3”, tapering to about 1” in the back. It weighs 79.3 grams. The spring is very tight and the bracelet is in perfect condition
An amazing, antique, Chinese gilt brass cuff bracelet with genuine turquoise cabochons. The repousse work is extraordinary and the details are incredible. Turquoise stones are set in copper. This large cuff is approx. 7 1/2" long x 1 7/8" wide. Marked CHINA. It is in very good antique condition.
This handsome vintage Mexican sterling silver necklace is exquisitely designed with a motif reminiscent of pre-Columbian or Aztec symbols. This piece has an incredibly custom fit that hugs the neck because rather than the sections splaying out to be totally horizontal, it has a slight pitch so that the inside circle is smaller than the outside edge. The patina is bright, yet has the warmth of worn sterling. It is a superior piece with immaculate craftsmanship, perfectly fitting links, and extremely accurate alignment. It is marked. “Mexico 925, N-M”. This mark could be an item made for Neiman-Marcus. Stanley Marcus and William Spratling became acquainted in the early 1940’s, and Spratling consequently designed and supplied silver items to Neiman-Marcus. I don’t know if this is correct or not, but it is plausible. The necklace measures slightly over 14” on the inside curve and approximately 17” on the outside. The links are about ½” wide x 7/8” long x 1/8” thick. It weighs an impressive 113.5 grams. I believe each link was cast and finished by hand. The invisible pin joints that connect one link to the next is a subtle and uncluttered finishing touch. The tongue-and-box-clasp snap tightly. The necklace is in excellent vintage condition with normal scratches for a piece this old. (I’m estimating that it is circa mid-late 1940’s.) This is truly a collection piece that is contemporary, elegant, and timeless.
This extraordinary sterling vintage Mexican bracelet is an estate piece that characterizes the classic style and beauty produced by the old masters of Mexico. These early works have a persona that is unlike anything you will find made today. This bracelet was painstakingly cut, engraved, and fabricated entirely by hand evidenced by the slight differences in the engraved areas. The amethyst stones are polished cabochons bezel-set in the center of each exquisite panel. The panels are breathtaking in rhythm, size, and general impressive impact. The etched design, along with flourishes at each corner and tiny silver balls, are repeated with 3 large silver balls at each hinge. The only markings are, “Silver, Mexico”, placing it prior to the Eagle assay system placing it prior to 1948. I would estimate it to be early 1940’s. It measures 6-1/4” wearable length and each link is 1-3/8” wide. It weighs 55.6 grams. This fabulous bracelet is in excellent vintage condition with the tongue-in-box clasp working perfectly. In fact, it has a secondary snap guard that keeps it safely closed. This luxurious piece is worthy of collecting.
This striking brooch designed with a goldstone bezel-set cabochon is truly a piece de resistance in Mexican silver artistry. It can either be worn as a pendant or a brooch, but either way, this exceptional piece took untold hours to make and finish with such fine detail. This magnificent pendant/brooch was fabricated with meticulous detail by remarkably gifted and experienced hands. The detail has very small silver wire wound very tightly to form tiny spirals intercepted by larger "v" shapes. The background for the shapes and the outer circle were cut by hand from one piece of silver sheet. These elements and the bail and clasp were soldered in place to make a spectacular and incomparable piece of jewelry. The hallmark reads, "Hecho en Mexico DF 0.925, RN, Eagle 206". In Billie Hougart's book, The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks, she shows that "Eagle 206" and script initials, "RJ", is attributed to TANE Orfebres which is a prominent silver house in Mexico City that sold the work of many famous silversmiths under the trade name, "TANE". It was established in 1953 which is about the date I would attribute this phenomenal piece to. The hallmark reads, "Hecho en Mexico DF 0.925, RN, Eagle 206". In Billie Hougart's book, "The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks", she shows that "Eagle 206" and script initials, "RJ", is attributed to TANE Orfebres which is a prominent silver house in Mexico City that sold the work of many famous silversmiths under the trade name, "TANE". It was established in 1953.
This antique Peruvian Sterling silver link bracelet is a treasure of the artistry of an old Peruvian silversmith. Each link is covered with incised pattern and texture and depicts various figures of Inca legends, including an Inca warrior, Viracocha, and an Eagle. There is a pre-Incan legend that speaks of Viracocha who is depicted in many forms. Viracocha, as the feathered serpent god, is one of the great mysteries of ancient American cultures. He was called Kukulkan by the Mayas, Quetzalcoatl by the Aztecs, Viracocha by the Incas, Gucumatz in Central America, Votan in Palenque and Zamna in Izamal. It is probably circa 1930's-'40's. The design and the way the links are curved and connected to each other is quite remarkable. The hallmarks are, "925, Peru, AS”. It weighs a massive 71.1 grams. Each of the 5 links is approximately 1-7/8” long x 1-3/8” wide, making the total wearable length approximately 7”. The tongue and box closure fasten with a positive “snap. This unusual and spectacular bracelet is in excellent condition and does not appear to have any damage. This is an amazing piece of Peruvian silver artistry and a true collector’s item.
The center piece of this necklace is an Ethiopian Coptic Cross, with old jade beads, silver decorative beads, red glass, and vintage trade beads. This necklace was created by Linda Summers, artist and jeweler from these interesting elements. For over 1600 years Christian Ethiopians have worn neck crosses as a symbol of faith. The crosses are usually named from the region that they originate. The crosses feature various designs from the simplistic Greek or Latin crucifix to the more elaborate with flared arms, trefoils, decorative projections, complicated openwork designing, and patterns of interwoven lines symbolizing eternity. The beaded necklace is 29” long, with an added 2-1/2” of the cross. It is circa 1960's. It closes with a silver hook and eye.
Working with old elements, Linda Summers has assembled a lovely necklace with an Afghan lapis pendant in the center. The beads all have many different origins and characteristics: faceted carnelian, Prosser Blue Trade Beads, Roman glass, silver Bali, and Chinese balls make up the “old” necklace. This is an unusual piece of jewelry with extraordinary Egyptian tiny metal wire “bows” chain at the end of the necklace, with a sterling loop and toggle fastener. The lapis on the vintage pendant is surrounded by metal that is probably coin silver. The necklace is 22" long. Owning such an eclectic piece as this will bring a lot of pleasure and comments.
Here is a heavily adorned bracelet with six ornate links, each with a carved green stone face of a warrior. I believe the stones are Mexican jade. This lovely piece has beautifully-crafted, very florid and graceful scrolling pattern behind each bezel-set cabochon. It is simply marked, “sterling, Mexico”, which is typical of the earliest silver work done in Mexico during this period. It is, however, almost identical to one I have seen by Patino, an artisan who produced very fine work during this period. I would date it circa early 1940’s. This piece is a very early example of the incredible design and craftsmanship produced during the halcyon years of the Mexican silver renaissance when all silverwork was created without electronic tools. The piece weighs 41.3 grams, is 7” wearable length, and is 1-1/4” wide. The clasp is a simple tongue and box which fastens securely. This bracelet is the result of the renaissance that emanated from Taxco and flourished from the 1920's-1960's in several cities throughout Mexico. Beginning in the 1920's, the silver artisans of Mexico rose to a new definition of perfection in design and craftsmanship as the result of the strong influence and patronage of William Spratling, a talented architect and designer who engendered a city of tallers and jewelers in Taxco during that time. Mexico City also had a rich history of early tallers. The bracelet shows some wear around the settings and some are not perfectly true. It has the usual scratches and patina of a piece that is some 80 years old. It is quite beautiful and a stunning addition for anyone who appreciates historical Mexican silver artistry. It is in good vintage condition with only two minor dings on the silver balls that are barely noticeable.