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Los Ballesteros Bow brooch / pendant- Vintage, Mexican

Los Ballesteros Bow brooch / pendant- Vintage, Mexican

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Directory: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Designer Signed: Pre 1960: Item # 1032949
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This plump silver bow is a classic Los Ballesteros design.

It can be worn as a pendant or a brooch, but either way, this exceptional piece took untold hours to make and finish with such fine precision.

It is marked, "Talleres de los Ballesteros, Taxco, Gro., 925, Hecho en Mexico. It also has the design number MM34.

According to Billie Hougart's, The Little Book Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks, Talleres de Los Ballesteros was established in the family's home town of Iguala in 1937 by Jalil Majul Ballesteros. It was a family business that eventually moved to Taxco in 1941. They were known as a very successful manufacturer and retailer.

Their stylized, 'B', is a distinguishing mark on their work, which has changed over time. The mark on this piece was used from 1942-1980.

It measures 2 1/2" across the widest part and 2-1/8" across the other direction, and weighs a hefty 26.5 grams. It is a stunning piece of wearable sculpture. This lovely piece is in excellent vintage condition.