Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a sterling silver figural brooch by Los Castillo c. 1945. The stylistic piece was a design by Margot van Voorhies Carr (Margot de Taxco) who was married to Antonio Castillo during this period. It is numbered #615. The carved look to this piece features swirls with balls, slashes and gives the impression of water in waves. The piece is 2-1/2" long X 1-3/8" tall (maximum dimensions). The brooch has a safety clasp and weighs 22 grams. The back is marked "Los Castillo Taxco" + "Made in Mexico" + "Sterling" + "615".
The Los Castillo workshop was founded in Taxco Mexico in 1939 by the Castillo brothers, Antonio, Coco and Chato, along with Antonio's wife Margot van Voorhies Carr (Margot de Taxco), and their cousin Salvador Teran. The brothers worked for William Spratling during the 1930's. Margot did a number of the early Los Castillo designs until she left about 1949 to start her own business. Los Castillo is still in business and is the longest continuously operating silversmith in Taxco. Design and craftsmanship has always been a hallmark of the workshop.
The silver content of this piece has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing. The silver is marked "Sterling".
Please note that vintage jewelry has been pre-owned, worn, and loved by its owner. The charm and beauty of vintage silver Taxco jewelry comes from the unique variations and characteristics inherent in hand-wrought silver. You may be able to see the artisan's tool marks. It is not new and perfect, nor should it be. Vintage silver items may also show age appropriate tarnish. This piece has been lightly cleaned.
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