SPRATLING Vintage Sterling & Tortoise Shell Hand 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.
These Vintage Spratling earrings from the 1960s are particularly wonderful and unusual! Each earring forms the shape of an open hand made of tortoise shell set in sterling silver. Now a banned material, antique and vintage tortoise shell jewelry has become very collectible. The tortoise shell varies in color with wonderful hues of dark browns, caramels, and ambers. The back of the earrings have a smooth sterling surface and simple posts with large, secure earring backs. Stamped on the back of each are several markings, including: "TS-24", and the official Spratling hallmark that reads: "WILLIAM SPRATLING TAXCO MEXICO 925". A very fun and funky pair of earrings by a legendary maker, they would make a unique addition to any collection!
Measurements: The earrings measure approximately 1 1/8" tall and wide, and are 1/16" thick.
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 setting. The earrings posts rest securely on the ear and are in good condition.