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WeissWeiss Posts: 9,922 ✭✭✭✭✭

Rescued from a local melt bucket.

Margot de Taxco "Curling Lines" sterling silver choker #5337.

Margot de Taxco was one of the most important Mexican jewelers of the 20th century. This piece, circa 1950, is one of her most sought-after designs. She created amazing enameled pieces, too. An American who married into one of the other major Mexican jewelers (Los Castillo), she created her own company when she divorced and rose to great heights, only to lose everything in a fire in 1960.

This piece weighs about 63 grams--roughly 2 ounces. I paid $45 for it. Value? Maybe $500 on a good day. But it's now part of my permanent collection :)

We are like children who look at print and see a serpent in the last letter but one, and a sword in the last.
--Severian the Lame

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  • rte592rte592 Posts: 1,381 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice snag Weiss, how long before someone finds out its missing?
    Does the seller have to wait a period of time before they sell the stuff off to you?
    Just trying to get a better idea of how you come into these smoking deals.

  • WeissWeiss Posts: 9,922 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 16, 2021 11:51AM

    @rte592 said:
    Nice snag Weiss, how long before someone finds out its missing?
    Does the seller have to wait a period of time before they sell the stuff off to you?
    Just trying to get a better idea of how you come into these smoking deals.

    Thank you. This piece came in with a handful of broken stuff. Newer, too, but all Mexican. And you can see how thick the patina and dirt is on this one. Little doubt it was all part of the same junk drawer of silver jewelry.

    Most of the pieces by that other maker from Guadalajara, RMS, I've bought online at retail. Fortunately retail for most pieces of Mexican silver is really cheap. It's easy to buy garbage unless you know what you're after.

    Case in point: here's the latest pickup from that Guadalajaran maker. This brooch is about the size of a half-dollar. You can find cheap, crappy versions of a brooch like this online or at your local coin shop for $10 or $20. But I'd like to think the skill and execution on this piece, dating from maybe the late 1950s, is pretty evident. It was made for the tourist trade and probably sold for a dollar or two. It helps, in an odd way, that images like this are not considered PC anymore, so they don't sell for much.

    We are like children who look at print and see a serpent in the last letter but one, and a sword in the last.
    --Severian the Lame
  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 3, 2021 5:53AM

    @Weiss ... I like that brooch... Having spent years in Texas and Arizona, it was a familiar design. Did not know PC had hit the jewelry field as well. Cheers, RickO

  • alexercaalexerca Posts: 243 ✭✭✭

    Here's one I picked up
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  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @alexerca.... That is a nice shed.... No sign of the other one? Would make a nice pair. Cheers, RickO

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @kiyote.... That is an attractive and interesting spoon.... I am sure the picture tells a story - any idea of the significance? Cheers, RickO

  • rte592rte592 Posts: 1,381 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 8, 2021 10:01AM

    I suppose this falls into your category as I picked it up from the post office on Friday.

    I figured it's a
    7th series Canadian variation, demonstrates smaller stampings than earlier series.

  • kiyotekiyote Posts: 5,568 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 8, 2021 5:39PM

    @ricko said:
    @kiyote.... That is an attractive and interesting spoon.... I am sure the picture tells a story - any idea of the significance? Cheers, RickO

    Yes, from the page on a Boston museum website—

    On the bowl of this spoon, a fox dressed as a monk and carrying three dead geese in his cowl holds a document bearing the word “pax” (peace). He is preaching to a flock of geese, while another fox seizes one of the congregation. The perceived hypocrisy of the clergy was frequently mocked in the late Middle Ages, and the inspiration for the decoration of this spoon may have been a well-known proverb, “When the fox preaches beware your geese.

    — it last sold for the equivalent of $24,000 in 1951 but is now housed in a museum

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  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @kiyote... Thank you for the explanation... I was sure it had a story. Cheers, RickO

  • alexercaalexerca Posts: 243 ✭✭✭

    @ricko said:
    @alexerca.... That is a nice shed.... No sign of the other one? Would make a nice pair. Cheers, RickO

    The other side was 30 feet away. The set weighs around 15 lbs. "Horn" hunting is one of my passions! Been doing it for over 2 months 6 days a week! I now weigh 125 lbs! I am 67 and in excellent shape needless to say! I have 1100 lbs of elk and deer sheds ready to sell!

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @alexerca.... Wow... That is a lot of antlers... And a lot of exercise. Good luck with the sale. Cheers, RickO

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