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Neiman Marcus Antique Mexican Silver Fitted Necklace

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Neiman Marcus Antique Mexican Silver Fitted Necklace

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 1940s, and Spratling consequently designed and supplied silver items to Neiman-Marcus. I dont 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 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. (Im estimating that it is circa mid-late 1940s.) This is truly a collection piece that is contemporary, elegant, and timeless.

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