Vintage Mexico Sterling Hair Barrettes & 1942 Silver Sixpence Buttons Australia For Sale
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Vintage Mexico Sterling Hair Barrettes & 1942 Silver Sixpence Buttons Australia:
Pre-1948 Mexican Sterling Silver Vintage Leaf Barrette Cover/Comb:
- Handmade in Mexico
- (1) of the leaves literally fell off right before I took photos - it just needs to be glued back on.
- BOTH need NEW hair combs.
- STAMP and Markings: (Mexico Silver).
- Measurements: (3” x 0.5”)
- Weight: (11.2) Grams
1942 Australia Sixpence Coin Silver Dome Linked Buttons:
- Measurements: (2.25” x 0.5”)
- Silver: (92.5%)
- Copper: (7.5%)
- Weight: (17.6) Grams
TOTAL COMBINED WEIGHT: (28.6) Grams
*** AN INTRODUCTION TO MEXICO SILVER MARKING:
In the first half of the 20th century silver items manufactured in Mexico were marked simply "silver" or "sterling". Usually a location (Mexico or a town name) and silver fineness (925, 925/1000, 950, 980) was included.
In 1948 the Government of Mexico promoted the reintroduction of the "eagle mark" to identify the manufacturers of silver items. The "eagle" was stamped with a number associated to a silver manufacturing company. This system was unsuccessful, eagle stamps were misused or "loaned" to more than one artist of maker and was abandoned in the 1980s. It was substituted by the "letter and number" system adopted circa 1980 and still in use.
In the "Letter and number" system a letter identifies a location (T for Taxco, M for Mexico City), the second letter is the first letter of an individual's first or last name of the maker. The number is the number of registration of the maker.
From left to right: early Mexican mark (before 1948), eagle mark (1948-c.1980), "letter and number" mark (c.1980-present).
early Mexican mark (before 1948) Plateria FarFan: eagle 13 mark (1948 - c.1980) maker TA - 16 in use after c. 1980