Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a sterling silver bracelet by Los Castillo c. 1960. The stylistic piece was a design similar to Margot de Taxco style number #5210 and Los Castillo's original style #595. It is numbered #388. This piece features an elongated plaque with a central raised ball outlined by swirls. The bracelet has 6 attached links. The links are 1-1/8" wide X 3/4" tall (maximum dimensions). The bracelet is 7" and has a non-detachable safety chain which opens an additional 2" to fit over the hand. This piece has a "hook and eye" closure. It weighs 32.4 grams. The back is marked "Los Castillo" + "Taxco" + "Made in Mexico" + "Sterling" + "388" and has the Eagle 15 bell mark.
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 cleaned.
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