A substantial and very tactile sterling silver cigarette/cigar box by Los Castillo Taxco, Mexico ca. 1950.
This marvellous design incorporates a solid sterling silver base and sides with a stone inlay of azurite and malachite. The interior has a beautiful smooth rosewood lining. Wonderful copper deco style feet and copper trims to the lid. The lid itself is a silver plated base metal such as brass or perhaps copper. It is gently domed and features a mayan inspired smoking tobacco scene created with the famous mixed metals technique.
Originally apprentices to William Spratling the Castillo Brothers went on to open one of the largest workshops in Taxco. As well as themselves, the numerous talented designers they employed were constantly experimenting with different techniques, methods and materials. They are synonymous with fine, innovative work and marvellous designs.
It is marked to the base: LOS CASTILLO TAXCO in a circle and STERLING MEXICO. Old style eagle 15 assay dates it to around the late 1940s -1950s
Offered in very good vintage condition; some typical scuffs, light surface scratches and tarnish to base and across the lid. A little residue here and there from old polish. The lid also shows some light additional wear to to the surface plating. One very small pin point dent and one other even smaller visible only in strong light. The back edge must have had a small knock at one stage in its life - the hinge appears just the tiniest bit out on the corner, so when the lid is fully opened to 90 degrees, it slightly rubs and clicks a little on the back. It doesn't effect the way the lid sits on the base, staying up or the overall motion.
9.3 inches long x 6 inches deep x approximately 2 inches high and perhaps a little higher at the curve of the dome.
Weight: 3 lbs 15 oz / 1.75 kg
The asking price includes express shipping and insurance to any destination worldwide.
Los Castillo Sterling Silver malachite box early 1950s
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