VINTAGE TAXCO MEXICAN 980 STERLING SILVER REPOUSSE CLAMPER CUFF BRACELET
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VINTAGE TAXCO 980 SILVER REPOUSSE CLAMPER BRACELET Classically Elegant ~ Signed & Marked ~ Pre-Columbian Motif WISHING YOU & YOURS A FABULOUS FALL!!! DESCRIPTION: This is a RARE and EXTRAORDINARY sterling silver bracelet that was hand wrought in Taxco, Mexico, after 1948. This sterling repousse bracelet is masterfully crafted in a unique, artistic pre-Columbian motif. It is made of 980 silver which is almost PURE silver and is superior to sterling silver 925. This exceptional bracelet is exquisitely detailed and has a spectacular orchestration of silver repousse scroll flourishes and silver demi spheres. Repoussage is a metal working technique in which a malleable metals (such as sterling silver) is shaped or ornamented by hammering from the reverse or under side. This technique is extremely time consuming and can take an artist an entire day or many days to complete just one piece. The front of the bracelet has stylized pre-Columbian bird designs. Birds represented a rich symbolism in ancient Meso-American cultures. Birds of prey like the eagle, falcon and hawk were metaphors of the sun, military power and cosmological time. Shorebirds and waterfowl that dive or swim below the water's surface were associated with fish, fertility and the underworld. The more colorful birds such as quetzels, macaws and parrots, were favored for their beauty and some were claimed as mythical ancestors. This is a clamper style bracelet ~ it is made of two separate design elements that are spring hinged in the back ~ the spring is tight and functions as it should. If you pull the two front pieces apart and let go, it "clamps" shut. The silver has acquired a wonderful, soft patina that reflects the shadows created by the depth of the designs. This bracelet is magnificent ~ extremely well made in a classic and sophisticated motif ~ bold and beautiful, it is sure to be NOTICED and ADMIRED ~ heirloom and collector quality, quite simply, THE BEST!!! SIZE: Inside circumference when closed is 7" but will fit larger due to hinged design, inside diameter is 2-3/8", width in front is 2-3/4", width in back is 7/8", and weight is 55.8 grams. CONDITION: Excellent vintage condition ~ no dents or dings in the silverwork ~ spring hinge is nice and tight ~ minor surface scratches consistent with normal wear and age (and actually desirable on vintage jewelry!) ~ no damage noted ~ just about PERFECT used condition! HALLMARKS: Simply hallmarked "TAXCO, 980". ''NO ACT OF KINDNESS, HOWEVER SMALL, IS EVER WASTED" ~ AESOP Please check out my other items! Be sure to add me to your favorites list! **I WOULD APPRECIATE A 5-STAR RATING AS EBAY JUDGES SELLERS WITH THIS SYSTEM ~ EBAY 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. SORRY, NO REFUNDS FOR BUYER'S REMORSE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST, BIDS AND PATRONAGE!!!** SHIPPING: DOMESTIC SHIPPING IS BY USPS PRIORITY MAIL WITH DELIVERY CONFIRMATION AND INSURANCE (provided through a third party insurer) FOR $4.00 (POSTAGE COSTS ALONE ARE MORE THAN $4.00). INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING IS BY USPS FIRST CLASS REGISTED MAIL & INSURED THROUGH A THIRD PARTY INSURER. USPS REGULATIONS REQUIRE THAT SILVER AND JEWELRY THAT IS SHIPPED TO CERTAIN COUNTRIES (INCLUDING THE UNITED KINGDOM AND CANADA) BE SHIPPED EITHER FIRST CLASS REGISTERED OR PRIORITY SHIPPING ONLY ~ NO REGULAR FIRST CLASS SHIPPING. SHIPPING COST TO CANADA IS $14.00 AND SHIPPING COST ANYWHERE ELSE IS $18.00 ~ PLEASE NOTE THAT SHIPPING COSTS ARE MORE THAN WHAT I CHARGE AND I PAY FOR FULL INSURANCE THROUGH A THIRD PARTY INSURER. I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR CUSTOMS DELAYS. Treasures are shipped the day of or the day after cleared payment is received. PLEASE NOTE: 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. Please email me with any questions and check out my other auctions. I try to list new treasures several times per week ~ all of my auctions begin and end in five minute intervals, beginning at 9PM EDST. Thanks for your interest! I am happy to combine shipping for multiple item purchases made within a 5 day period, so the more you buy, the more you save! Payment is due within 5 days of auction end. All sales to Virginia residents are subject to 5% Virginia state sales tax. POLICIES: Domestic shipping is by USPS Priority Mail Insured (by a third party insurer) and International shippinng is by USPS First Class Registered Insured (by a third party insurer). I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR CUSTOMS DELAYS. I am happy to combine shipping for multiple item purchases within a five day period. If you win two or more items, please wait for an email from me that combines shipping before paying with PayPal. PAYPAL PAYMENT ONLY. An email with payment details will be sent when the auction ends. Cleared payment (including e-checks) must be received within 5 days of auction 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 feedback ~ I will then reciprocate. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. 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 misrepresented in the auction description. If I make an error in a listing and a flaw is not noted, a full refund, including original postage, will be given.