This beautiful brooch pin is somewhat larger than most of its kind, it has a circular silver frame and Greek key/Aztec design surrounded by fabulous, vibrant abalone with rich shades of mostly green, teal, blue, pink and violet. It is just shy of 2 inches across at 1 and 15/16 inches, and it is slightly domed so that the design really stands out. It is thick and sturdy, weighing 20 grams or .6 of an ounce. It appears the clasp has been altered into a c clasp, but it works just fine, staying put until you move it, and the thick, sharp pin is in excellent condition. There is also a fixed bale for use as a nice sized pendant with a chain. It is hallmarked J.D.F. Taxco, 925, Sterling, and the absence of an eagle assay dates this marvel to before 1948. There is a JDF listed on page 231 of Bille Hougart's respected sourcebook, THE LITTLE BOOK OF MEXICAN SILVER TRADE AND HALLMARKS. 2006 ed., and says the registration number for this maker is TD-31, but this brooch was made far before registration numbers were assigned in the 1980's; this silversmith was obviously a superb craftsman, around for a long time. There is a warm patina and the silver feels smooth and flawless, as does the naturally striated abalone.
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Item ID: 1032-3
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