The fabulous "Armadillo" motif was designed by Valetin Vidaurreta for Hector Aguilar and permission to produce it was given to silversmith Manuel Altamirano. The beautiful and bold design became very well known and Altamirano made numerous pieces which carried the motif including bracelets, necklaces and earrings. The belt is a more unusual find.
Dating to the 1940's, this beautiful, flowing vintage piece is made of sterling silver and leather and comprised of 11 round links that connect together by a simple pin hinge. The links graduate in size with the largest at the center. The leather straps are looped and sewn onto each of the last two linksfor security. The leather straps come together at the back of the neck with a large complimentary silver box clasp that is stamped with Aguilar's signature hallmark from the 1940s, "TAXCO HA 940". This exceedingly rare signed piece is coveted by collectors across the globe and pairs effortlessly with any vintage lover's closet!
Measurements: The length of the necklace is 17" and 1.25" at widest.
Condition: The overall condition of the necklace is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no serious damage to the sterling silver links and the clasp is secure and in good working condition. The leather feels sturdy and soft and is not dry rotted.