This lovely Mexican sterling silver figural brooch is that of the exotic Quetzal bird perched on a flowering branch. The Quetzal is found from Southern Mexico to Panama and is listed as the national bird of the country of Guatemala. Important in Aztec mythology the name literally meaning tail feathers and the long, beautiful plumage was once used in the making of royal headdresses.
The brooch, circa 1930-1940 was reported to have been made in three different sizes. This piece is undoubtedly the largest example made measures 4 5/8" in length, 2 5/8" in width and has a safely clasp mechanism. The brooch is stamped "Sterling" and "925" in raised lettering within an oval. Wonderful vintage condition with no issues and lovely ages patina. It will definitely make a statement when worn.