This stylized sterling silver sweater / jacket guard was made by one of the talented silversmiths of Rancho Alegre, founded by Pedro Perez. He was a former shop manager at William Spratling's Taller de Las Delicias.
This hand-crafted sterling silver sweater guard is circa 1960s. The two separate fish clips are connected by a chain that hangs across the sweater, jacket or coat.
The fish have a modernist Spratling-design influence. The clips are inlaid with iridescent abalone shell...just enough to bounce luminescent highlights off the silver. These reflect superb silversmithing which is what made Rancho Alegre such a successful Taxco studio and retailer.
The backs are fitted with a strong claw or alligator clamp and the 6.5 inch link silver chain. Each fish measures 1 5/8 inches across by just over 1 inch high. They weigh 19.2 grams.
Each clip is hallmarked...RANCHO ALEGRE STERLING TAXCO 925. This unique Mexican accessory is in excellent condition.
Plateria Rancho Alegre S.A. closed in 1985. This maker is featured in Bille Hougart's The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks.
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