A Vintage Taxco Mexican Sterling silver ‘Bird Face’ brooch is created by Carmen Beckmann. This Bird Face brooch / pendant was inspired by an Aztec clay stamp. The center ball is an eye, the “L” to the right is the beak / mouth and the smaller squares and rectangles are points on the bird's head. The clasp has the 'Beckmann' lock and it works well. This piece is used as an illustration of great work in books on 20th Century Taxco Mexico Silver.
Marked: STERLING BECKMANN in a circle and under MEXICO.
Measurements: 49mm (1.94”) round. The piece is slightly concave.
Weight: 19.8 grams.
Condition: Near excellent vintage condition. The Niello (blacked) work has a few spots where a past polisher was a bit aggressive. Otherwise, the piece is in fantastic vintage condition. The catch and ‘Beckmann’ locking mechanism work properly.
This Bird Face pin / brooch / pendant is featured in the book Mexican Silver Jewelry Details by Leslie Pina (Schiffer Books 2008) page 101. Appears 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 234.
About Carmen Beckmann owned a shop in San Miguel de Allende. Her work is of high quality and is collected. Many of her pins/ brooches have a locking mechanism that is very interesting. Marks: Beckmann, Bekmann (missing the C but is a correct mark). Registration number: DB-01.
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