You know you're in trouble when your donkey is as big as you are. This early sterling silver Mexican pin is a two-part figural. The man is trying to get his stubborn donkey to move. It's carrying a crate of fruit on its back and is digging in with all four hooves. This double pin seems to be symbolic of today's expressions...'stubborn ass' and 'no way Jose'. So this pin shows great humor as well as being detailed and sturdy.
The donkey side measures 1 5/8 by 1 1/2 inches. It has a black onyx eye and little pink/white beads in the crate. The man measures 1 by 1 5/8 inches. The double chain between them measures about 3 inches long. Each side has its own secure clasp. The rollover on the man is slightly bent but still works.
The man is marked STERLING MEXICO. No mark on the donkey but it tests for sterling. The total pin weighs 19.5 grams. This pin is pre-Eagle hallmark which indicates it was made prior to 1948.
Unpolished excellent vintage condition. Circa 1940. If ever a Mexican man earned his shot of Tequila, it's this one.
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Early 2-Part Mexican Pin Sterling Silver Man w/ Stubborn Mule