A handsome silver Mexican hair comb or pick with turquoise cabochon decoration.
CONDITION: good vintage condition. There is some writing on the back of the heading which mat represents old pawn or museum markings.
SIZE: 4½ ins h x 2 ins w (11 x 5 cms)
APPROXIMATE DATE: mid 20th century
MATERIALS: silver, turquoise matrix. (tests as silver)
This fine Mexican two pronged hair comb or hair pick has been made in a classic design. It is executed in unmarked silver with a curved heading and two integral tines. The tines have a corkscrew twist to enable the ornament to sit more securely in the hair.
The comb has a deeply curved, almost circular heading with a simple engraved border. Its chief ornamentation is three large cabochons of turquoise matrix of which the one set into the centre is slightly larger.
Mexican sterling silver jewelry is mostly crafted in Taxco, a beautiful town located in the mountains of the state of Guerrero on the west coast of Mexico. Mexican artisans from Taxco have long been renowned worldwide for their handcrafted sterling silver jewelry. They do an amazing job, transforming pure silver into beautiful silver jewelry with either classic or the trendiest designs. Today's buyer will discover large amounts of contemporary Mexican silver jewelry especially those with abalone, turquoise, or semiprecious stone inlays.
A lively interest in humble Mexican folk artistry developed in the United States as early as the l920's, along with an appreciation for emerging Mexican artists. Mexican silver jewelry, with its impressive craftsmanship, imagination, and exoticism, offered North Americans an opportunity to purchase on a small scale an authentic work of art that shared its roots with major movements in contemporary intellectual tastes. Within Mexico, artist colonies arose which produced enormously influential silver jewelry from the 1930's through the 1950’s. The aesthetic of the 1960's and 1970's brought its own influences to Mexican silver, which continues to be made and sold today in extraordinary quantity.
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