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1950's Talleres de Los Ballesteros Mexican Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet





















1950's Talleres de Los Ballesteros Mexican Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet
Weight: 2.6 oz/ 75 grams
Length: 7 inches/ 17.8cm end to end
Width: 1 1/8 inch/ 2.9cm.
Diameter: 2 1/2 inch
Material: 925 sterling silver
Makers Mark: Talleres de los Ballesteros
Date: 1950's
Description: Members of the Los Ballesteros workshop, started out working in small towns in the state of Guerrero, Mexico. They trained in the old apprentice system of the Pre-Conquest times, where the father taught the art of silversmithing to his son. This system was later adapted by William Spratling, who replaced the elder master with a designer, who then passed on their knowledge to their apprentices.

Jalil Majul Ballesteros, moved to Taxco in 1937 to start a silversmithing workshop. He was trained by his grandfather and padrino (godfather), Efrén Ballesteros, who was a silversmith in Depecuacuilco. Efrén's padrino, Daniel Fonseca Ballesteros, was a well-known silversmith from Iguala. By 1941, demand for Taxco silver had grown and new techniques were adopted to meet the demand of the tourist market. By the 1950's, they established shops in Acapulco, Mexico City, Puebla and Cuernavaca.

The design of this bracelet was inspired by Pre-Conquest architectural motifs. The Balesteros have received international recognition for their designs. Although they have a large workshop with a head maestro, most of the pieces are made by small family workshops in Taxco and sold under the mark of Talleres de los Ballesteros.

This piece is in mint condition, hardly worn, stored most of it's life. It was collected in Mexico City in the 1950's, and has been in the family since then—available on the market for the first time since it was made.

(Information from "Mexican Silver" by Penny Chittim Morrill and Carole A. Berk)

Item #: jlry025
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