This Vintage Mexican Silver ‘Bird Face’ piece is signed by Carmen Beckmann. This Bird Face pin / 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.
Marked: STERLING BECKMANN in a circle and under MEXICO.
Measures approx. 49mm (1.94”) round. The piece is slightly concave.
Weight is approx. 19.8 grams.
Condition: Near excellent vintage condition. The Niello 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