These hand crafted Spratling earrings are in outstanding condition. The horn is most assuredly from the common longhorn cattle off of Mr. Spratling's own ranch. With the flat horn discs, the sterling swirls and the applied horn and sterling balls the earrings are a very timeless modernistic design.
The horn is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, deep scratches or repairs and has a lovely high polished surface. The sterling is also in excellent condition with no rips, dents, cracks, deep scratches or repairs. The screw back mechanism on the back of the earring includes a fold out hinge. Both the threads on the screws and the springs to the hinges are in smooth working order.
The marks are on the backside of the earrings. One earring contains the Eagle 30 Mark used 1951-1965 and the other contains the WS Script Circle S Mark used 1956-1962. The earrings measure 1 7/16 inches tall by 1 3/16 at widest point. A wonderful pair of Spratling earrings in superb condition for your collection. But even better their super design makes them very wearable today.
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.
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