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  • Item Category: Ethnic, Folk & Native American Art
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Feb 13, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House

Frederick Walter Davis (1880 - 1961) was one of the earliest American-born designers to become involved in the design, manufacture and sale of Mexican Silver in the earliest days of the renaissance. He contracted such silversmiths as Abraham Paz, to make up his designs before later opening a shop which sold the best of the work coming from artists such as Valentin Vidauretta, William Spratling in the early thirties. In recognition of his efforts to promote native arts in Mexico he was selected as the first Director of Museo Nacional de Artes e Industrias Populares. The quality and well crafted items bearing the FD assay mark have become the most collectable of Vintage Mexican Silver because of his excellent reputation and his committment to Mexican cultural preservation.
This auction is for a really lovely elegant shaped Fred Davis early Taxco Silver Pill Box which measures 2" long x 3/4" wide and 1/2" deep. It weighs 17 gms. The stamp is of an embossed FD conjoined 925 and Eagle 22.
This quality piece has a lovely bevel set onyx cabochon in the centre and is truly excellent vintage condition. It has a nice soft patina and closes and opens perfectly. There is a tiny corner gap where you can place your nail for ease of opening. A nice touch which I have not yet seen on my other pill boxes. A classic and very finely crafted piec
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