Big, beautifully crafted and early as is indicated by the low design number this Deco Los Castillo silver brooch is wrought en repoussage in what seems to have been a favored motif among Mexican silversmiths and designers at the time. Fern leaves inspired rings, clamper bracelets, brooches and necklaces and of course, earrings. The design comes in variations enough to ensure that everybody will find a piece that appeals to them. The specific version, however, I have never encountered before. The leaf seems to unfurl its majestic presence as it emerges out of a horn adorned with beading and swirl details. The patina the brooch developed over the years is deep - you can see it on the back - but a previous owner polished some of it away to reveal the warmth of the silver. I love it as it is but some additional polishing with a soft cloth might be in order. Measuring
4" long by 1 1/38" wide the brooch weighs 23.2 grams and is signed with the taller's name in straight capitals as shown as well as "TAXCO", "STERLING MEXICO" and des. no 150. It dates in the 1940s and is in excellent vintage condition with the quality of materials and the level of craftsmanship that Los Castillo jewelry is characterized, having warm patina and stunning presence, with no damage or repairs noted.