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William Spratling Mexican 980 silver Cuff Bracelet Nahui Ollin

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Early and substantial, a William Spratling cuff bracelet wrought in 980 silver in the "Nahui Ollin" or "Four Movements" design pictured in Penny Morrill's, Maestros de Plata, on p. 60. In the book the variation shown has amethyst cabs while here the example is all-silver. This is a bold and beautiful piece, with deep hand-etched, dramatically oxidized designs and generously sized flattened repousse domes. Its patina is beyond description - it has an inner glow that only 980 silver can develop over the years. The cuff has an inner circumference of 7" (including the 1" gap; a good jeweler could open it up a little, should you need more room) with a width varying between 2 1/4" at center front and 1 3/8" on either end. It weighs a whopping 126.7 grams and is fully and appropriately signed with a combination of hallmarks shown in Bille Hougart's, Little Book of Mexican Silver, p. 170, where the author dates it in 1939. In excellent vintage condition, superbly crafted, having been very very gently and lovingly enjoyed and ready to be appreciated it again.