This fantastic vintage 1950's Mexican Los Ballesteros cuff bracelet depicts beautifully carved pre-Colombian motifs in sterling silver offset by a niello (darkened by oxidation) background. The motifs are of indigenous warriors? leaders? with headresses, symbolic of power and stature. Very thick and buttery smooth, this cuff's inside measures 6.25 inches, outside is 7 inches, and it is 1 inch wide, with a .75 of an inch gap. It is quite substantial at about 2.3 ounces, or 65 grams, very sturdy, of the highest quality. It is just barely adjustable, and is signed with the prestigious Ballesteros hallmark, Talleres de Los Ballesteros, Iguala, and Hecho en Mexico, 925 Sterling, early design number 73 with eagle assay 12. Los Ballesteros was a very successful manufacturer and retailer that started off in the town of Iguala, and moved to nearby Taxco in 1941. Their family has a rich tradition and history in the silver trade, and are internationally acclaimed. This well known hallmark can be seen on page 98 of Bille Hougart's highly respected book, THE LITTLE BOOK OF MEXICAN SILVER TRADE AND HALLMARKS. 2006 ed. This is a wonderful Mexican sterling silver treasure by some of the most respected silversmiths that is masterfully crafted and in pristine condition!
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