SPRATLING Vintage Sterling Hinged Nail Head Bracelet
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.
A fabulous signed Spratling nail bracelet from the 1960’s! This Vintage piece is made of sterling silver and depicts a square head nail that curls around your wrist, forming a striking bangle. The square head nail design has been replicated by Gucci since the 1960's and has its origins in the equestrian world, being modeled after the nails used to hold the horse's shoe in place. The bracelet is hinged at the side, and opens at a push clasp disguised within the nail head, with a hidden safety catch underneath. The inside of the bracelet is stamped with the authentic Spratling hallmark, which reads "WILLIAM SPRATLING TAXCO MEXICO" in a circle surrounding the Spratling hallmark, with "925" in the center. The numbers "TS-24" also appear stamped inside. A fantastic Vintage piece that translates perfectly into a modern day style, it could be worn alone or stacked with other bracelets! Both bold and versatile, would make a perfect everyday addition to any collection!
Measurements: The opening (where a wrist would rest) measures approximately 2 3/8" wide and 2 1/8" tall. The nail ranges in thickness from 3/16" at the thinnest point to 3/4" wide where the ends overlap at the center.
Condition: The overall condition of the bracelet is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling silver setting. The hinge is in good condition and the clasp is secure and in good working order.