Swallows hold within their slender, elegant little bodies tender memories of my childhood in Greece - they are considered the most important harbingers of spring and symbolize regeneration, hope and the assurance that sun-filled days will always follow the darkest hours of winter. For the Victorians, they represented faithfulness and the promise of a loved-one's return and as a motif, they were widely used in sentimental jewelry. This stunning Mexican Deco silver repousse version captures the bird at mid-flight, its bifurcated tail and extended wings helping it ride the winds to deliver the love token it carries. And what a statement that heart-shaped charm with its amethyst cabochon makes... Measuring
3 1/2" beak to tail, the bird has a 3 3/8" wing span with the heart token adding a 3/4" drop and being 1/2" wide. The brooch weighs 22.2 grams and is signed "CASA PRIETO", "SILVER" and "HECHO EN MEXICO" yet the last two partially stamped over each other. It dates in the pre-1948 period and is in excellent vintage condition with fantastic patina, one of the sweetest-ever designs, romantic yet visually impressive, with no damage and no repairs noted.