VINTAGE RARE DORIS MEXICO MEXICAN SILVER CUFF BRACELET

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  • Item Category: Jewelry
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Nov 30,2008
  • Channel: Online Auction

This dramatic cuff bracelet is a very rare silver bracelet handwrought in Mexico, circa 1930's to 1940's, by silver maestros, Doris. Doris was a silver shop in Cuernavaca. The bracelet features a Pre-Columbian motif. It is made of heavy gauge silver. Five different Pre-Columbian designs (probably Aztec) have been meticulously and individually crafted from another piece of silver, then overlaid on the surface of the cuff. The Pre-Columbian motifs are extremely detailed with linear and circular chased designs and silver bead accents. The surface of the bracelet is oxidized around all edges of the bracelet and designs highlighting the silverwork and giving added interest, depth and dimension to the bracelet.

The bracelet is hallmarked "Doris". It is also marked "Silver" and "Mexico" (see photo). The bracelet is 7/8 inch wide. The inside circumference of the bracelet is 5 1/2 inches with a 1 1/8 inch opening (for a total inside measurement of 6 5/8 inches). The bracelet is slightly adjustable, but adjustment is limited due to the thickness of the silver. Weight is approximately 28 grams. The surface of the bracelet is in excellent condition. However, the shape of the bracelet has a few irregularities--it is not a perfect oval (see photo). But overall, the bracelet is in very good condition for its age.

Please note t is no Eagle assay mark assigned to Doris, so all of their art-to-wear pieces were made prior to 1948 when the Mexican government mandated the use of the Eagle marking system for silver.

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