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Taxco Sterling Silver Bolo Tie
Description: Wonderfully made, thick and substantial bolo slide, tie, and tips in sterling silver from Taxco artist Miguel Martinez with the specific artist being Jose Luis Flores. A very nice piece of work, the bolo slide is a thick piece of triangular silver with an archer figure in high relief. The background behind the archer is purposefully oxidized as part of the design to show off the dynamic figure.
The sterling tips on the bolo are clean and modernist in design, tipped by a ball. The bolo tie has been hand braided and is made of a thick, but smooth and silky rope or yarn type material. Because it is hand braided, t are a few inconsistencies in the tie, but they just add to the hand wrought appearance of the piece. Very nice modernist look to the piece. Circa 1955.
According to Bille Hougart in his book The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks , Martinez was the primary designer at Rancho Alegre. This particular piece is also marked for one of his top silversmiths, Jose Luis Flores (JLF), who also worked for Hector Aguilar for many years. Martinez provided designs for Emma Melendez, another important Taxco silversmith. So, TWO great marks on this piece: Miguel Martinez AND Jose Luis Flores..
Hallmark: Miguel Sterling JLF Taxco 109
Size: Slide: 1 5/8" x 1 1/4"; Tips: 1 3/8" long; Top to bottom: 19 3/8" long
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