William Spratling is often referred to the "Father of Contemporary Mexican Silver" which is a title that was well deserved. He was an innovative and talented designer of Mexican silver jewelry and other pieces of artwork made of copper and tin. He dedicated his time and skill to the artistic development and growth of the silver industry in Taxco. Spratling jewelry is extremely collectable and each piece is considered a wonderful work of art. Now a banned material, Antique and Vintage tortoise shell jewelry has become very collectable.
These Spratling earrings are from the 1950's and are particularly wonderful and unusual! Each earring is portrayed by a hand carved tortoise shell love knot that has a smooth sterling back. The front of each earring has a sterling piqué design of sterling dots which line the entire surface of each knot. These earrings have the original screwback clip-on style, however they could easily be changed to posts if desired. The tortoise shell varies in color with wonderful hues of dark browns, caramels, and ambers. Both earrings display markings behind the clips: one hallmark is an Eagle and the other is stamped "WILLIAM SPRATLING", "TAXCO", "MEXICO" and "925". These stunning earrings are simply beautiful and would make a great addition to any collection!
Measurements: The earrings measure slightly more than 1 1/4" wide and approximately 1 1/8" tall.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear there is no apparent damage to the tortoise shell or to the sterling silver backs. The earrings rest securely on the ear and the clips are in good working condition.