Big, Bold Los Castillo Tussie Mussie Fern Leaf Set #150 c. 1945Big, Bold Los Castillo Tussie Mussie Fern Leaf Set #150 c. 1945Big, Bold Los Castillo Tussie Mussie Fern Leaf Set #150 c. 1945Big, Bold Los Castillo Tussie Mussie Fern Leaf Set #150 c. 1945Big, Bold Los Castillo Tussie Mussie Fern Leaf Set #150 c. 1945Big, Bold Los Castillo Tussie Mussie Fern Leaf Set #150 c. 1945Big, Bold Los Castillo Tussie Mussie Fern Leaf Set #150 c. 1945Big, Bold Los Castillo Tussie Mussie Fern Leaf Set #150 c. 1945

Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a sterling silver brooch and earring demi-parure by Los Castillo of Taxco c. 1945. This bold pre-Eagle (before 1948) set each features a fern leaf held in a nosegay posy holder, sometimes called a "tussie mussie". An interesting look, the silver leaves are deeply carved and oxidized to add drama to the pieces. The holders have softer swirls and curls offsetting the stark look of the leaves. The brooch is 4" tall X 1-1/2" wide (maximum dimensions) and has a undulating curve. There is a brooch fixture with a safety style clasp. The piece weighs 26.6 grams. It is marked "Los Castillo" + "Taxco" + "Sterling" + "Mexico" + design number #150. The earrings have the same design reduced in size. They are 1-1/2" X 5/8" (maximum dimensions). One earring is marked "Los Castillo" + "Taxco" + design number #150. The second earring has "Hecho en Mexico" + "Sterling" (somewhat indistinct) + design number #150.

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 (later Margot de Taxco), and their cousin Salvador Teran. The brothers had 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 have 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 brooch and one earring are 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. These pieces have been lightly polished.

ITEM ID
BH00455
STYLE
Mid-Century
MATERIAL
Silver, Sterling Silver, Mexican Silver
COLOR
Silver
TYPE
Estate, Fine, Signed
ITEM TYPE
Vintage
ITEM SIZE
1

Caroline's Jewelry with a Past

Big, Bold Los Castillo Tussie Mussie Fern Leaf Set #150 c. 1945

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