Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a sterling silver pair of cufflinks by Margot de Taxco (Margot vanVoorhies Carr) in her design style #5201 c. 1955. The cufflinks are in the AM-PM design with one link having AM and the second link having PM. The lettering sits above an oxidized surface in a rectangular shape. These links are 1-1/16" wide X 3/4" wide (maximum dimensions). The backs are bullet back toggles style. They weigh 17.2 grams. One link is marked "Margot de Taxco" + design number "5201". The second is marked "Sterling" + "Hecho in Mexico" + "Taxco" + 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. These links have been polished on the lettering, the back has age appropriate patina.
Daring Margot de Taxco AM PM Cufflinks #5201 c. 1955