Here is a wonderful brooch made by the Watson Company of Attleboro, Massachusetts. The Watson Company manufactured sterling silver items from 1880-1955.
This rare piece features the Coat of Arms of Mexico. It is a large piece and has an open oval frame finished in red enamel with tiny silver stars. Inside the oval rests a beautiful sterling silver shield much of which is hand-painted with symbols. There is a Mexican golden eagle carrying or devouring a water snake. The eagle perches on a prickly pear cactus which grows on an island in water. Above the hand-painted portion sits an applied left-facing silver eagle with outstretched wings and clutching arrows in its talons and a shield on its chest. To the people of Mexico the symbols would have strong religious connotations, but to the Europeans, it would come to symbolize the triumph of good over evil.
The back of the brooch is marked with a "crown" in circle, an "M" in shield and a "lion rampant" in circle. It is also marked: "STERLING". This piece measures approximately 2-1/8"W X 1-9/16"H and weighs 22.2 grams or 0.78 ounces. It may have been created and worn by a member of a fraternal order or a government official. The Coat of Arms is in the center of the Mexican flag.
The brooch has a tube and barrel clasp and "C" catch. It is in very, very good, unpolished condition with little or no wear visible. Based on our research, we date this piece to the late 1800's-early 1900's.
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