Rare Mondragon Vtg Taxco Mexico Mexican Sterling 980 Silver Shell Bracelet For Sale


RARE MONDRAGON VTG TAXCO MEXICO MEXICAN STERLING 980 SILVER SHELL BRACELET


Description

This is a RARE and MAGNIFICENT vintage silver bracelet that was hand wrought in Taxco, Mexico, after 1948, by silver maestro, Maximiliano Mondragon. Sr. Mondragon began his illustrious silver career by working for Maestro William Spratling at Taller de Las Delicias. He is included in the September 22, 1934 photograph of Spratling and his workshop artists (page 50 in the book, Silver Gringo: William Spratling and Taxco, by Joan Mark), and his title is shown as "Maestro". He later worked for Maestro Hector Aguilar at Taller Borda before going out on his own. Mondragon's art-to-wear jewelry is superbly made in timeless designs and is highly collectible. This bracelet is masterfully crafted in an artistic and feminine organic design ~ it is made of 980 silver which is almost pure silver and is superior to sterling silver 925. The bracelet has sculptural, thick silver links that are made in a stylized shell motif with cincel decoration. The links are pin hinged internally, and since the connections don't show, the bracelet has beautiful, uninterrupted design flow. The clasp is a tongue and box closure that works perfectly and closes with a crisp 'click' ~ there is an attached silver safety chain. The silver has acquired a lovely age earned patina that reflects the shadows created by the depth of the designs. This exceptional bracelet is extremely well made in an elegant and sophisticated design by Maximiliano Mondragon ~ it would be a grand asset to any Taxco silver collection ~ it is collector and heirloom quality, quite simply, THE BEST!!!

SIZE: Inside circumference when closed is 7", width is 5/8", and weight is 51.3 grams.

CONDITION: Excellent vintage condition ~ there are no dings or dents to the silver ~ minor surface scratches consistent with loving wear and age (and actually desirable on vintage pieces) ~ just about PERFECT used condition!

HALLMARKS: "STERLING, 980, MM, MEXICO, TAX, and the Eagle 17 assay mark". MAXIMILIANO MONDRAGON and this hallmark are shown on page 221 in Bille Hougart's highly respected source book, The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks (2006 edition). **PLEASE NOTE THAT BILLE HOUGART'S NEW 3RD EDITION IS NOW AVAILABLE HERE ON BY SELLER CICATRIX! OR YOU CAN ORDER AT YOUR FAVORITE ONLINE OR BRICKS & NOTE: For Mexican jewelry artists and designers, silver is their canvas. In their hands, craft meets creativity and silver becomes wearable art. The various techniques are like a painter’s brushstrokes ~ they make each piece unique and a timeless object of beauty. Mexican vintage silver jewelry is handwrought, and therefore, not perfect ~ each piece will have variances that indicate that the piece is hand made. Vintage pieces will show various signs of wear since they have been pre-loved ~ items are described to the best of my ability and any damage will be noted.

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''NO ACT OF KINDNESS, HOWEVER SMALL, IS EVER WASTED" ~ AESOPSee my other listings for more great items! Payment
PAYPAL PAYMENT ONLY. An email with payment details will be sent when the sale ends. Cleared payment (including e-checks) must be received within 5 days of sale end or the item will be relisted. The item will ship the day after payment is received. Please let me know when you have safely received the item by posting my response ~ I will then reciprocate. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. All sales to Virginia residents are subject to 5% Virginia state sales tax.

Shipping
Domestic shipping is free via USPS priority with delivery confirmation and insurance. International shipping is via USPS priority small flat rate box and the USPS has increased their prices. Shipping cost to Canada is now $19.95 and I charge $18.00 and I pay for insurance ~ shipping cost to all other countries is now $23.95 and I charge $22.00 and I pay for insurance. For more valuable international purchases, I will ship USPS first class registered and insured and I will pay for the cost overage. NO INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING TO ITALY, PORTUGAL OR MEXICO due to losses. I am not responsible for customs delays. Treasures are shipped the day of or the day after cleared payment is received.RETURN POLICY:

Unless otherwise described, items are vintage or antique and will have associated wear ~ silver may be tarnished as I do not polish any vintage silver. Please be advised that I am not an expert or a gemologist but describe all items to the best of my ability. All sales are final unless an item is unintentionally misrepresented in which case a full refund, including shipping charges will be issued. Sorry, no refunds for buyer's remorse.

**I would appreciate a 5-star rating as judges sellers with this system. charges 20% more to sellers that don't achieve this rating. If you are unhappy for any reason, please contact me so that we can work together for a solution. Thank you for your interest, offers, and patronage!

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