This outstanding Antonio Reina vintage Mexican Sterling grape leaf pin thicker and sturdier than others I have seen. Decorated with a cluster of grapes and vine tendrils, this well crafted brooch is 2 and ¼ inches tall and 2 inches wide. It weighs .5 ounces, or 15 grams. The detailing is superb and ornate, with curled grape vine stem, deeply etched leaves and expertly domed grapes. The graceful organic design celebrates nature's bounty and reminds us to appreciate nature's gifts. The pin and clasp work perfectly, and this marvel is in pristine condition with a warm, lustrous patina. Many silversmiths have produced similar grape leaf pieces, and they have been featured in several books on Mexican silver, this being one of the best! It is very well hallmarked, stamped AAR for Antonio Reina, inside the Hecho En Mexico Sterling 925 circle stamp, with Taxco and the design number 88. Reina was one of the renowned "Los Castillo" artisans in the early 1940's. According to Mexican Silver by Penny Morrill and Carole Berk, Antonio Reina also worked for Margot de Taxco (Margot von Voorhies Carr), and the Victoria de Taxco Studio. Artist AAR is shown on page 225 in Bille Hougart's highly respected source book, The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks (2006 ed.). This beautiful brooch is numbered in the style of Los Castillo and Margot de Taxco items. The lack of an eagle assay confirms this is a pre 1948 piece. This is a lovely and very collectible piece!
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