Margot van Voorhies Carr is an American-born silversmith who moved to Taxco, Mexico in 1937, where she met and soon married renowned Mexican silversmith Antonio Castillos. The marriage ended in the late 1940s, and Margot set up her own shop. She designed the silver zodiac series in the 1950s.
This is the SCORPIO pendant/charm designed by Margot de Taxco. The front of the disc features a many-segmented scorpion entwined with the glyph for SCORPIO. Also included is a five-pointed star in high relief, an element included in all of the large round Margot de Taxco zodiac pendants that I've seen. SCORPIO is the eighth astrological sign in the zodiac, with birth dates falling approximately between October 23 and November 22 each year. This large disc can be worn as a pendant, or used as the single charm on a chunky silver bracelet. These striking round zodiacs are heavy and concave. This one is in very good vintage condition with minor nicks common to vintage sterling. The silver has a mellow patina, darker in the nooks and crannies to accentuate the design.
The back is marked 'Sterling Made in Mexico', eagle mark #16 (registered to Margot), 'Margot de Taxco', and the design number 5231, which is found on all the SCORPIO pendants. The back has been elaborately engraved with the initials 'MBH'. The back is also partially polished, perhaps an attempt to remove the engraving at one time.
Measures approximately 1 and 9/16" across, and 1 and 13/16" tall including the bail. In the last photo it is shown next to a quarter for scale.
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Margot de Taxco SCORPIO the Scorpion Zodiac Sterling Silver Pendant / Charm Mexico
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