Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a sterling silver brooch by Margot de Taxco (Margot vanVoorhies Carr) in her design style #A5645 c. 1955. The brooch features a stylized bow wrapped around a central pierced double swirl design. Each of the tendrils of the bow ends in 3 round balls. While this piece is not named, a number of Margot's designs feature a combination of swirls, and straight lines with ball additions, such as "Furls and Circles", "Curling Lines and "Circle of Swirls". This piece is 1" tall X 2-1/4" wide (maximum dimensions). The brooch has a safety clasp closure and weighs 12.8 grams. The brooch is marked "Margot de Taxco" + "Made in Mexico" + "Sterling" + "A5645" + the Eagle 16 mark.
Margot van Voorhies Carr, known as Margot de Taxco, was originally from San Francisco and moved to Taxco Mexico in the 1930's. She was married for a time to Antonio Castillo who was a partner in Los Castillo, a prominent silver manufacturer. She did a number of their designs in the early 1940's. Los Castillo continued to use her designs for a number of years after her marriage to Antonio failed. When she left the marriage and started her own jewelry production about 1948, she began with many of her basic Los Castillo designs and modified them to her own tastes. Some of Margot's early pieces and Los Castillo designs overlap. Later, her designs became key to her unique style.
The silver content of this piece has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing. The silver is marked "Sterling".
When you own vintage handmade jewelry, you wear a design that is unique and represents the artist's vision. It is made by a skilled craftsman and can have features which are only found in this piece. The jewelry may exhibit the marks of the craftsman. It will not be perfect. This piece has a small amount of patina.
Sophisticated Margot de Taxco Brooch #5645 c. 1955