Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a Los Castillo mid-century pair of sterling silver (925) cufflinks c. 1955. These links are appropriate for wear by anyone who fancies a unique and timeless look. They feature a simplistic, yet dramatic design of a half circle scroll with a ball center. The raised design has an oxidized base, giving the pieces a very three dimensional look. They are 3/4" wide X 3/4" tall. They have a post and toggle closure. The reverse is marked "Los Castillo" + "Taxco" + "Sterling" + "Made in Mexico" + "615". One link also has the Eagle 15 mark. The links weigh 12.8 grams.
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 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 "925" for sterling silver (925/1000).
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. The jewelry will show age appropriate tarnish, unless we state otherwise.
Fascinating Los Castillo Mid Century Cufflinks c. 1955