This is a wonderful three-Dimensional pin is a great example of the concept of ‘movement’ in Vintage Mexican Silver Jewelry.
The pin, C. 1940, measures approx. 47mm (1.85”) top to bottom, 57mm (2.25”) wide and 10mm (.376”) deep.
Marked: HA. TAXCO. 940.
Weight is approx. 12.41 grams.
Condition: No defects. Locking clasp is in fine working order but ‘pin’ is not perfectly straight. I have polished this Hector Aguilar pin and there is a very nice patina.
This orchid flower pin is featured in the book Mexican Silver Modern Hand-Wrought Jewelry and Metal Work by Penny Chittim Morrill and Carole A. Berk, 4th Edition (Schiffer Books for Collectors) page 111 PL. VII-33. As well as other books on Mexican Silver.
About Hector Aguilar:
Born in 1905, In 1935 he began working for William Spratling as a shop manager at Taller de Las Delicias in Taxco. In 1937, he began his apprenticeship under Spratling. Aguilar opened his own shop The Taller Borda where many top designers were employed and there were recognized in their own right for their personal artistry, several opened their own firms; Manuel Altamirano, Pedro Castillo, Reveriano Castillo, Robert Cuevas, Damasco Gallegos, Gabriel Flores, Jose Luis Flores and Valentin Vidaurreta top that list. Hector Aguilar enjoyed retirement for a couple of decades before his death in 1986.
Hector Aguilar’s a Maestros, work is considered to be among the most valuable and collectible Taxco sterling silver jewelry and other items in the world today. As with many of the top collected Mexican Silver artist's/ Maestros, copies of his pieces with hallmarks are prevalent in the market today.
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