Circa 1930s-1940s, this wonderful 980 sterling pin (higher silver content then the typical 925) from a craftsman in Taxco, Mexico features the iconic man in a sombrero taking a siesta outside his home. The ever present lone cactus looms at right. 980 sterling was the preferred metal by early artists, including William Spratling and Hector Aguilar, making these silver hallmarks especially collectible.
The pin measures about 1 11/16 inches x 1 5/16 inches. Weight is approximately 10 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All components intact. No dents or improper bends to metal. Nice patina that has not been polished or abrasively cleaned. Polishing is left to the buyer's discretion. Pin mechanism functions properly with simple c clasp closure. Age commensurate patina and wear. No damage / no repairs. Excellent vintage.
Reverse of pin is signed: "TAXCO" underscored with "980". It dates circa 1930s-1940s.
Quintessential early Mexican silver. Taxco 980. From Cody's.
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Vintage 980 Taxco Sterling Silver Figural Brooch Pin