To polish or not to polish. That question often comes up when we have an old piece of sterling silver with its unique aged patina. We left this as found for buyer to decide. Either way, it's a very fine unique bracelet.
This mid-century Mexican hinge bracelet is by listed silver artist Manuel Porcayo Figueroa. He's the nephew of Jose Luis Flores. Figueroa worked at Los Castillo for about 13 years prior to opening his own shop.
This appears to be an early bracelet by the artist. Its design is sleek and spare. The bracelet opens on a hinge. One end is a ball. The other end is wide with a hole in the middle. The holey side glides up over the ball to close.
The bracelet is marked FIGUEROA - STERLING - 925 - Eagle 2 mark - with the stylized hand hallmark attributed to the artist.
The bracelet measures 1 1/8 inches wide at the top. It's 6 3/4 inches around the inside. The bracelet weighs 49 grams. The unpolished surface has some age-related wear/scuffs. Much of this can be polished out by a professional jeweler to look like new. Or keep that aged patina with a light polish of non-abrasive toothpaste, your hands, and a soft cloth to wipe clean. Very Modernist. Artfully Mexican. Circa 1960s/70s.
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