William Spratling Turquoise & Sterling Earrings - 1951-56 Mark

These wonderful hand crafted earrings have large, flat, circular disks comprised of a multitude of small inlaid pieces of turquoise as their center focal point. They are then surrounded with a spoke like sterling mounting with round sterling beads between the spokes.

The sterling is in excellent condition with no cracks, holes, dents or repairs. Keep in mind these are hand crafted so you can see small imperfections, as is common, that you would not find in cast silver. The earring's screw threads move smoothly with no striped threads. The turquoise disks are in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or missing pieces of inlay and have been viewed with a loupe. Both disks appear original to the earrings and measure 3/4" in dia. The turquoise inlay pieces appear to be raw, natural stone and once inlaid the finished disk appears to have been given just a hint of buffing to give it's surface a flat face. You can find fissures and pores on the disks.

The marks are on the backside of the earrings as seen in the photo. It is the WS Script from 1951-56 and appears on both earrings in the same spot. There is no visible Eagle mark for silver content unless it is at the end of the earrings screw. Rich has acid tested and the earrings are silver. At this date in Spratling's company silver jewelry was 925 silver (sterling) and Rich will guarantee them as such. The earrings measure approx. 1 1/8" in dia. A lovely pair of earrings in super condition.

Spratling moved to Mexico in 1929 to write a book & soon purchased a home in Taxco. Dwight Morrow, the US Ambassador to Mexico, suggested to Spratling in 1931 that Taxco had been the site of silver mines for centuries, but had never been considered a location where jewelry and objects of silver were designed and made. This suggestive comment's result caused the rich history of the Spratling company & Taxco silversmithing to be born. Spratling opened his first shop in Taxco in June of 1931. The original shop produced tin ware, copper items, textiles, furniture & of course jewelry. Because he had created an apprentice system of training young silversmiths many new talented artisans had an opportunity to develop their craft. Over time many of these artisans opened shops of their own – all with Spratling's support. The famous Castillo brothers of Los Castillo are just one excellent example. Throughout Mexico Spratling is acknowledged as "The Father of Mexican Silver." Certainly the town of Taxco and its economy would be vastly different without his initiative and creativity.

Item ID: 152


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Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: silver & turquoise, Size: L

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