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Los Castillo Taxco Sterling Necklace & Earrings 1940’s
This is simply one of the most beautiful, innovative designs of old Taxco silver jewelry that I have seen. This necklace and earrings combine artistic talent with engineering ingenuity that is incomparable. The amazing necklace consists of 16 curved repoussé feathers or fern fronds accented with bezel set, round cabochons of genuine amethyst. The sections overlap, creating a lovely uninterrupted design flow. The sections are fastened together with rivets that allow each piece to move fluidly. The design is far more creative than necklaces sections fastened with silver links. The earrings have been converted to posts for pierced ears. They are the exact design as the necklace. The depth of the design is highlighted by oxidation.
This incredible necklace measures 14 5/8 inches long by ¾ inches wide. It has the original hook and loop clasp, and it is signed: "LOS CASTILLO TAXCO MADE IN MEXICO 817 or 418" (inventory number). This linear style Los Castillo mark indicated the necklace was from 1940-1945, prior to 1948 when the Eagle form of marks was instituted by the Mexican government. The earrings are 1 inch long by ¾ inch wide, and they are unsigned as the marks were usually on the original screw back. The scale is small and feminine, with each section measuring approximately ¾ inches in width and height. The condition of this exceptional jewelry is excellent. There is some variation in the color of the amethyst which is typical of early Taxco jewelry.
This is an outstanding example of the beautiful designs created by Antonio Castillo in the 1940's. Antonio Castillo was an apprentice at William Spratling's silver taller, from 1931 to 1939. He met and married Margot van Voorhies Carr in 1938. Margot designed jewelry that Antonio produced at night. These pieces sold so well that Antonio left William Spratling's Las Dellicia Taller and opened LOS CASTILLO with Margot and his brothers in 1939. Many early designs of Los Castillo bear the obvious design contributions of Margot who became professionally knows as Margot de Taxco following her divorce from Antonio. This beautiful jewelry clearly has the Margo de Taxco flair.
SIZE: Length of necklace is 14 5/8 inches. The earrings measure approximately 1 ¼ inch by ¾ inch. This necklace can be extended by adding sterling chain to the hook and chain closure. I am including a 3" sterling silver chain extender (one end is fastened over the hook portion of the clasp and the other over bar portion of the clasp), making the wearable length up to 17 5/8" long.
WEIGHT: The weight of the necklace is a hefty 75.40 grams and the earrings weigh 9.62 grams.
CONDITION: Excellent vintage condition - no dents/dings to silverwork – there are a few scratches and color variation in the amethyst stones. Keep in mind that these stones were hand cut and polished and were never machine perfect when originally made in the 1940's. HALLMARKS: "LOS CASTILLO TAXCO MADE IN MEXICO 418 or 814" I debated whether this inventory number is 817 or 418. The online Encyclopedia of Silver Marks indicates this linear style mark dates from 1940-1945 prior to the required Eagle Mark that the Mexican Government required beginning in late 1948.
Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: Sterling and amethyst, Size: 14 3/4"
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