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*******ORIGINAL OLD MATL, Pre 1960******** this is an early original Matilde Poulat design, hallmarked MATL (see photo of hallmark).
Matilde Poulat was a Mexico City artist who opened her shop in 1934. Her jewelry designs are distinctively native jewelry in Mexico, intensely Mexican and distinctively her own. Matl was a contemporary of William Spratling, Hector Aguilar, Antonio Pineda, Los Castillo as well as Margot de Taxco.
This rare silver with turquoise and amethyst cabochons comb is absolutely beautiful. The design elements in this comb, based on symbols of the Aztec or Pre-Hispanic motifs, are wonderful. The comb is hollow, done in the technique know as repoussage, backed in silver and measures 4 ¾ inches by 1 ¼ inches. The two bird’s eyes are turquoise as well as the oval cabochons on each end. The center amethyst cabochon is just under ½ inch diameter. I have not tested the silver content, however, from experience these are at least 925 silver. The plastic and silver portions of the comb are in excellent vintage condition wear from normal use, no abuse. Email or call with your questions, thanks for your interest.