Let's get the bad news out of the way. This vintage Margo de Taxco enameled sterling silver bracelet has some enamel loss at center panel. Everything else is well and intact, including the side panels, the secure slide-in clasp, and even the original safety chain.
The design is as Art Deco as it gets. Margo loved Art Deco and captured its geometric artistry with great precision. This design was done in black and russet enamel on solid sterling silver.
When we researched this bracelet, we found only one exact one like this. It was sold at auction several years ago. It was damaged with a broken clasp/closure with a missing piece and enamel loss. Yet, in that condition, it sold for $400 (before premium charges). It had come from a Park Avenue New York estate.
This bracelet from a Florida estate is the identical design with only the enamel loss at center. There are people who do those kind of enamel repairs but the bracelet is still very wearable as it is. In fact, either side panel can be turned to show at the top with no visible sign of damage. (See photos which show the bracelet from every angle.)
Bracelet measures to fit a 6 1/4 inch wrist. It's 1 1/8 inches at the widest. It weighs 67.7 grams.
Inside is hallmarked MARGO DE TAXCO - 3414 - HECHO EN MEXICO - 925.
Fantastic rare Margo de Taxco bracelet in 'as described' condition.
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MARGO HISTORY - Excerpt from 'Mexican Silver' by Penny Chittim Morrill and Carole A. Berk
Margot van Voorhies moved to Mexico in 1937. She eventually found her way to Taxco, at the time a center for artists and bon vivants. It was in Taxco, that she met and married Antonio Castillo. In 1939, Antonio established his own workshop, “Los Castillo” with Margot as principal designer, along with Jorge “Chato” Castillo and Salvador Teran.
Antonio and Margot were married for 10 years. When they divorced, Margot became Margot de Taxco. She opened her own workshop in 1948. Her work remains unique – influenced by her interest in Art Deco, Mayan and Japanese motifs and her work with enamel on silver. She insisted on meticulous production techniques.
After much success in the 50s and into the 60s, a catastrophic fire at her taller and problems with satisfying her obligations with union contracts, she went bankrupt. The government stepped in and sold her business to pay her workers. She died in 1974.
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Margot de Taxco Mexican Enamel Sterling Silver Bracelet
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