VINTAGE MEXICAN ABALONE MAN AND WOMAN BROOCH

VINTAGE MEXICAN ABALONE MAN AND WOMAN BROOCH
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  • Item #: 2000-00033
  • Condition: Used
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This is a very old piece of Mexican jewelry craftsmanship that can either be worn as a brooch or pendant. It is made of alpaca silver and has abalone and black inlay and measures 1-7/8" diameter. It shows a man and a woman either dancing or he is curtseying to her. It is marked, "Alpaca Hecho en Mexico". This is a very well-crafted piece and shows very little wear from age. The clasp works well and the bail is also in good shape. This is a very graphic, classic style and quite collectible. William Spratling was responsible for inaugurating the concept of the silver taller where many Mexican craftsmen designed and crafted exquisite silver pieces for sale. Spratling began by employing a few craftsmen in his home, which grew to later become Taller de Las Delicias. He eventually had 100 artisans working for him, and spawned an entire cottage industry in the little town that spread to several cities in Mexico during the '30s-'70's.