Vintage STERLING SILVER Pin/Brooch by Los Castillo - Hand Mirror
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AGE: C.1950 or so
ITEM: A rather large silver pin/brooch by Los Castillo, Taxco, Mexico. The brooch is in the shape of a hand mirror and yes, there is an actual piece of mirror at the center section though it has discolored from age. (My pictures show this far worse than it really is.) The bit of mirror is prong set and can be replaced if another piece of that size is found. Very large pinstem at the back with a safety catch to hold it in place.
CONDITION: Very nice with a nice patina to the silver. Mirror piece shows discoloration in the silvering at the back, possibly due from years of polishing. A new mirror can always be replaced if a piece can be found the same size. No other problems I can spot.
METAL CONTENT: Sterling Silver
HALLMARKS: Los Castillo Taxco Sterling Made in Mexico 371. No Eagle Mark so this is an early piece.
SIZE: 4-1/8" x 2"
WEIGHT: 33.6 grams - yes, quite hefty.
FINAL COMMENTS: Interesting and unusual. If the original mirror is not to the purist's appeal, then cover it - with a Victorian die cut or a photo. This is the type of jewelry that really CAN be conformed to the new owner's tastes!
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