This Hector Aguilar bracelet is rare and fabulous. The design is bold yet adapts exceptionally well to the wearer's wrist. This vintage Taxco piece is a statement bracelet that radiates quality and class. A depiction of this bracelet can be seen in "Silver Masters of Mexico," by Penny Morrill, Shiffer Publishing, Ltd., Pennsylvania, 1996.
This fully signed piece was likely made between 1940 and 1945. It is made of 940 sterling silver, with a higher silver content than 925 sterling silver commonly used today. This Hector Aguilar bracelet is perfect for a collector of fine mid-century Taxco silver or anyone who appreciates its beauty.
This vintage sterling silver bracelet is 7 1/2" long and 1" wide. It weighs a significant 73.4 grams and is hallmarked with Aguilar's HA mark, Taxco, and 940.
Born in 1905, Hector Aguilar was one of the great maestros of the Mexican Silver Renaissance. Hector started his career in 1937, working for the father of the Mexican Silver Renaissance, William Spratling, in his Las Delicias silver shop in Taxco, Mexico. Staying with Spratling for only a short time, Aguilar started his Taller de Borda shop in 1939. Hector quickly built a reputation for his exemplary work and was unique in that he established himself in the US market, having been in partnership with Coro for costume jewelry during WWII. Aguilar also sold his high-quality Taxco handcrafted pieces to US premium retailers such as Neiman Marcus.
Hector Aguilar contributed to the future of Taxco silver excellence by training many now notable silver artisans. His pieces have become highly valuable due to his exceptional craftsmanship and design creativity.
This bracelet was made in Taxco de Alarcon, often just called Taxco. Taxco is a city located in the Mexican state of Guerrero; it is about 100 miles southwest of Mexico City. Taxco is a very old and beautiful city that pre-dates the arrival of the Spanish. Taxco has a long history with silver, as it was mined there at the time of the Aztecs and used even then to create beautiful jewelry with exceptional craftsmanship.
In the 1700s, the local silver mine prospered and developed a thriving economy and a vibrant city with exceptional architecture. Many outstanding silver designers and silversmiths have made Taxco their home. Their designs reflect a mixture of Aztec and other native motifs mixed with mid-20th century modernism. Among the notables are William Spratling, who is recognized as starting the Mexican silver renaissance, Antonio Pineda, Frederick Davis, Hector Aguilar, Los Castillo, Margot de Taxco, and Ysidro Garcia Pina (Maricela).
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