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The necklace weighs Appears to have a finish that is uneven. Please note that each of the larger balls have small dents. It has the look of William Spratling but has no maker's mark. It has a beautiful faceted center stone that appears to be clear but picks up whatever colors are around it.
Measures approximately 5" in total length. The chain ropes between the donkeys measures approximately 1". Has an older style C clasp pin back.
I am not certain of what the faceted blue stone is. The pearl measures 5.
This pin is unsigned and has no markings. Some small denting on the back but overall very nice condition. I have seen the identical necklace with the hallmark for Antonio Pineda but this one does not have his signature.
This is only an approximate as the curves effect the measurement. The inside edge is approximately 17". The necklace weighs 74 grams. The eye is a turquoise colored bead. As can be seen there is some scratching on the back to cover up engraved writing. It appears that these were once screw backs and someone has had them professionally replaced with clip on backs sometime in their history.
I have left the original patina for you to polish as you please. The number 56 is in the eagle assay mark. It has two tiny dents on front.
It has the number 3 in the eagle assay mark. These items are made of silver plated pot metal and were designed by Spratling to be commercially produced in quantity by the Victor Silson Company.
Another version of this same Silson hallmark has Patent Pending across the center and was used prior to the final issuance of the actual patent. During the period that Silson was producing the silver plated Spratling designs for necklaces, bracelets, and pins, Spratling was concurrently producing these designs in silver and marking them with his primary and tertiary marks of the period as shown above.
Circa - Eagle Marks Inthe Mexican government decreed that the eagle hallmark was to be used for all items created for export and would guarantee that the items was of sterling quality. Within the eagle mark was specific number that was to be assigned to each applying silver manufacturing entity.
That number would identify the silversmith or designer of that particular item. Silversmiths or designers who did not apply for their own number could have their silver items stamped with the "generic" eagle of their community. Mexico City was assigned the generic eagle number 1, Taxco was assigned number 3, etc.
This system was in effect from early until, we believe, circa The numbers within the eagle hallmark that were assigned to Spratling and were used in combination with the specific Spratling primary mark of the period were 13, and later, 30, and 63 - all of which were specifically assigned to Spratling for his use during very specific years. Occasionally, we find an Eagle 1 used in combination with Spratling's primary hallmark. These items are either old Spratling designs circa - that remained in a Mexico City retailer's inventory until and were subsequently stamped with the generic Mexico City Eagle number prior to export or, in each known instance to date, was used on a single Spratling design.
These numbers 13, 30, and 63 were never reassigned to another silversmith. Thus, for example, even after Spratling's death, the Eagle 63 was not given to another silversmith. The number and its authentic stamp was retired permanently.
Generic Mexico City mark Eagle Circa - Eagle Circa - Spratling's Second Design Period: Inand earlythe primary mark shown below on the left was used on a special group of pieces designed by Spratling and produced both by Spratling at his ranch and by the Conquistador factory in Mexico City.
These items were also stamped with the tertiary mark, Eagle Each of the specific items actually produced in the Conquistador factory in Mexico City also was marked with the "other" hallmark: Both Spratling and Conquistador made the same Spratling designs, so we often find two identical designs: The other of the same design would be marked with the primary Spratling de Mexico and the tertiary Eagle 13 only.
We would then know that the item without the "other" mark was produced at Spratling's ranch, while the item bearing the "other" Conquistador Shield was produced in Mexico City at Conquistador's factory.
Circa - Conquistador Shield: Conquistador was to be responsible for all production and marketing of a special group of up to Spratling designs, and in return, Spratling was to be paid specified royalties. Conquistador amended the contract several times.
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One change involved Conquistador's inability to live up to the production quantities specified in their contract, which was why Spratling also began to produce these new designs at his ranch at Taxco el Viejo. In NovemberSpratling's attorney notified Conquistador that Spratling was canceling their contract because of Conquistador's inability to meet production levels, lack of marketing, and probably most importantly, that Conquistador had not made the specified royalty payments.
Spratling's attorney told Conquistador that they had permission to continue to use Spratling's primary Spratling de Mexico hallmark ONLY for those items in production at that moment. Nevertheless, Conquistador continued to produce the Spratling designs until the contract was finally cancelled.
During the time from late when Conquistador could no longer use the Spratling de Mexico mark until the contract was actually cancelled probably very earlyConquistador produced the Spratling designs using their own hallmark as a primary mark with Spratling's tertiary Eagle It is likely that the later production of these Spratling designs was not authorized, but collectors value these Spratling designs marked with the Conquistador Shield Sterling Mexico as highly as those marked with the Spratling de Mexico primary mark.
Conquistador also produced modified Spratling designs as well as their own designs and used Spratling's Eagle 13 tertiary mark along with Conquistador's hallmark that spells out the name "Conquistador.
More information about this period is found on pages 61 - 79 in Spratling Silver: Conquistador Shield Sterling Mexico Primary mark: Spratling designs used circa late - early Eagle The Mexican government had withdrawn the Eagle 13 upon cancellation of the Conquistador contract.
During the period of time before a new Eagle mark was issued to Spratling, he used the tertiary marks Later or rarely Sterling. For less than a year, Spratling also used the mark Spratling of Mexico but because he apparently was unable to register that mark in Mexico, he quickly abandoned it. Circa - Later: Circa Spratling of Mexico: Circa Circa or earlythe Mexican government issued to Spratling the Eagle 30 tertiary mark which replaced the Eagle 13and the Eagle 30 remained assigned to Spratling until circa Circa - BySpratling was again permitted to register his name "Spratling" in Mexico to be used as a part of his primary hallmarks.
Spratling designed a hallmark that included "William Spratling Taxco Mexico with.
When the die maker produced this stamp for Spratling, he enlarged the "S" in Spratling so that it descended below the line encircling Spratling's script initials. This mark became the logo Spratling used for the rest of his life. By Spratling's business was growing and his use of his hallmark dies was increasing sufficiently that, because of wear, they needed to be replaced.
Spratling ordered new hallmark dies and the stamp that the die maker produced was very similar to the WS Script Circle S except that it did not have an enlarged "S. Both of these primary marks were used in conjunction with the tertiary mark, Eagle WS Script Circle S: Circa - WS Script Circle: Circa - In the mid s, Spratling agreed to design for the Pierre Marques Hotel in Acapulco, a group of articles that included key tags, ashtrays, champagne buckets and stands, martini pitchers, finger bowls, beer mugs, butter dishes, crepe suzette pans, and coffee services.
These designs were made of silver plate and ebony. All included an applied nautilus design that the hotel referred to as "The Pierre Marques Star. None of these materials has been seen in any material other than silver plate, and therefore, no tertiary mark was used.
Items stamped with this hallmark were Spratling's designs, but the items were not produced by Spratling. Photos of many of these designs can be found in Spratling Silver: A Field Guide, page Circa CircaSpratling again needed replacement stamps made.
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This time, the die maker created a similar version except that the mark was more square than round. Therefore we refer to this primary mark as WS Script Square. There are several authentic variations of this mark. This last Spratling primary mark was in use from circa until Spratling's death in Init too, was used in conjunction with the tertiary Eagle However, circathe management structure of Spratling's company changed, and due to this change, the Mexican government withdrew the Eagle 30 tertiary mark and replaced it with the tertiary mark, Eagle Circa - WS Script Square: Circa - All items, including Spratling designs, that have been produced since under the auspices of the Sucesores de William Spratling are marked with the current Mexican registry mark TS along with a replica of an older Spratling hallmark.
TS Spratling also designed furniture, tin and copper ware, and gold jewelry. The following are primary marks appearing on these varied materials. Circa - WS Wood Script: Circa - Tin: Circa - Copper: Circa - Gold: Circa - There is currently a new hallmark in use at the Spratling Ranch. The company, William Spratling S. Her designs are crafted by the same artisans who are also currently producing reissued Spratling designs. These new jewelry designs do not carry the traditional Spratling hallmarks.
Each of the designs uses a newly created "Rancho" hallmark as shown below. The bracelets, necklaces and earrings are a synthesis of ancient Mexican motifs with Art Deco designs, and are available for purchase in Taxco. In an effort to share information about those incorrect hallmarks, I am including the photo of one of the "improper" primary hallmarks circa - on the left next to a "correct" one on the right. Fake Spratling Authentic Spratling Hallmark Many dies were used to mark the Spratling silver items, and each die had a different pattern of wear.
Because of this we may find many slight variations in the hallmark, but the basics remain the same. The lettering around the circumference of the circle was hand done and irregular. Contrast the correct hallmark on the right with the regularity of lettering around the circle in the photo of the fake hallmark on the left.
The left photo is that of a hallmark that appeared on several Spratling items offered at a Dan Ripley auction in September After careful evaluation, it was determined that the pieces stamped with this hallmark photo on left had NOT been made during Spratling's lifetime, and those items were removed from the auction.
These two FAKE hallmarks on the right have been found together on a number of pieces of Spratling jewelry. They are from two different time periods! This illustrates why it is so important to know more about the usage and time frame of each hallmark.
It is not enough to just see the familiar WS mark on an item. The WS Print Brand mark has been seen only rarely and, in each case, was used alone. This mark apparently has been copied from a photo in the book Mexican Silver page 33 by Morrill and Berk. The photograph as it appears in the book shows the single WS Print Brand mark as the only hallmark on a very early and unique example of a pendant given by Spratling to Ms. Note the perfect regularity in the letters in the oval cartouche Spratling Silver.
They appear to have been printed by machine rather than the hand done letters in the authentic oval cartouche shown earlier in this section. As in the photograph above on the right, the WS Print Brand mark on the left has been copied from the photo in Mexican Silver.
The letters and numbers in the other marks appear to be machine crafted rather than hand done. They are too precise and regular and, again, are inappropriate for use with the WS Print Brand primary mark.
Note the perfect regularity in the letters around the perimeter of the circle in this WS Print Circle mark shown on the right.
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The WS initials in the center of this mark are another application of the photo in Mexican Silver. The authentic WS Print Circle mark has differently styled center initials. The fake WS Print Circle primary mark below on the left has letters that are fairly regular, but the most obvious indication of this fake mark is the broad more horizontal "M" in the words Made and Mexico. Contrast it with the authentic mark on the right.
The fake mark shows two silver rivets that are a part of the construction of the particular piece this mark appeared on.