SPRATLING Vintage Sterling Silver Tortoise Shell Earrings
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 wonderful vintage Spratling earrings (c.1940s-50s) are particularly unique! Each earring is crafted in sterling silver and hand-carved tortoise shell. The top of each earring is formed by a sterling disc with a tortoise shell cone protruding from the center. Dangling below the surmounts are elongated sterling torpedo links, each with a tortoise shell cylinder at the center. The natural tortoise shell accents vary in color, with wonderful hues of dark brown, caramel, and amber. These earrings still have their original screwbacks resting on the back of each surmount. However, they could easily be converted to posts or wires at no additional charge, if desired. Both earrings display markings behind the clips: one is hallmarked with a signature Eagle, and the other is stamped "WILLIAM SPRATLING TAXCO MEXICO 925." A lovely pair of earrings by a renowned maker, they would make an artistic everyday accessory!
Measurements: The earrings measure slightly more than 2" long from top to bottom. The circular surmounts have a 1/2" diameter, with the tortoise shell cone protruding 1/4" from the surface. The hanging torpedo links are 1 3/8" long and 1/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling silver setting or tortoise shell accents. The screw backs are secure and in good working condition. There is a natural patina on the surface of the silver that gives it an aged appearance. This is normal for vintage sterling, but can be polished if a brighter look is desired.