Here is a rare and wonderful Taxco sterling silver bracelet from the workshop of Hector Aguilar. Hector Aguilar ran his own design shop from 1939 to about 1966. It was quite common for apprentices under his tutelage to make pieces based on his designs and this is an example.
This masterpiece is comprised of 5 panels in a knot theme and the 3 ball hinges are present, five in all. The clasp is in great working order and it opens by pressing down on the one ball located on top of the clasp. The original safety chain is there. It measures 7-3/4 inches long and each panel measures 1 inch wide by 1-1/4 inch long.
This fantastic piece weighs approximately 3.4 troy ounces or 105 grams in sterling. It is marked on the underside on the clasp box "TG228, Mexico, 925". The T stands for Taxco and the G is the first initial of the apprentices last name. This apprentice worked for Aguilar over 20 years according to my readings on the subject. Unfortunately, I cannot locate the full name.
These are highly collected pieces of jewelry and if it were a signed Aguilar you would need to put a one in front of the price. As it is, the apprentice pieces still command quite high prices and I have seen several priced well over $500.
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