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Mexican Coiled Snake Bracelet Late Deco Moderne Era

Mexican Coiled Snake Bracelet Late Deco Moderne Era

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Directory: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Mexican: Pre 1940: Item # 411443
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This delightful wrap bracelet from the 1930s is antique or almost, by American 75-year standards, rather than merely vintage. Art Deco influence is clearly evident in the geometric pattern of the snake's "scales" - which are incised circles that match his little round eyes. His head, formed separately, shows quite a lot of detail (even on the sides) and is stamped on its reverse HECHO EN MEXICO.

Although the bracelet shows little wear on the front, the stamp inside is indisdinct after decades of use and another mark that appears behind the head is worn past my ability to interpret it - except to rule out the eagle assay hallmark introduced in the 1940s. It looks more like a stylized left-facing parrot with its beak open wide than anything else. The initials M and W seem to appear faintly within it. Perhaps this will mean something to you, but Mexican silver isn't one of my specialties. The metal doesn't tarnish aggressively, so I'm puzzled by that, too. There are no surface losses to indicate plating, so I have to conclude it's either 1) sterling treated to prevent oxidation; 2) a less pure silver or 3)possibly alpaca, chromium or rhodium. Whatever it's made of, this wonderful jewel shines like the dickens and is flexible enough to fit any size wrist or forearm. Its provenance is a New Mexico estate.

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