Huge, proud and absolutely secure in its exotic beauty, this is one of the biggest quetzal brooches I have seen in the realm of vintage Mexican silver jewelry. An irrefutable statement piece, I can imagine its first owner wearing it on a padded shoulder and basking in the light of the stream of compliments and jealous looks the bird generated. Yet it is not just proportions that attract the eye here - the repoussage is confident and sculptural; the oxidation glorifies the plummage; and please, just note the ingenious way the maestro used hand-etching to differentiate between the big feathers of the wings and tail and the soft, delicate fuzz on the quetzal's head. Measuring an impressive 6" tall by 1 1/4" wide the brooch weighs 26.8 grams. It is simply marked "SILVER MEXICO" and dates in the pre-1948 period. In excellent vintage condition with stunning presence, patina to die for and great craftsmanship; no damage and no repairs noted except for the replaced fastener on the brooch's pin as you can see in the photo showing the back.