One of the best early Taxco maestros in the art of repoussage, Horacio de la Parra is known to the lover of vintage Mexican silver jewelry for his uncanny ability to breathe life into his carefully worked and perfectly finished creations. The figural brooch presented here illustrates, I believe, in the best possible way my assertion. Sculpted by wind, sun and salt the man’s features speak of the dramatic tension within as the eyes scout the horizon for the sails of friend or foe. Measuring 1 3/4” tall by 1 5/16” wide the brooch weighs 9.0 grams and is marked with maker’s signature in capitals as well as “STERLING MEXICO”. It dates in the pre-1948 period and is in excellent vintage condition with strong repoussage, beautiful patina and no damage or repairs noted.