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William Spratling vintage silver jewelry

William Spratling vintage silver jewelry

Conch Shell sterling silver pin. 1950s. William Spratling vintage silver jewelry

William Spratling vintage silver jewelry

Legendary American silver designer and artist William Spratling (1900-1967) was a huge influence on the revival of Mexican silver design in the 20th century. An architect by training, Spratling began rebuilding Taxco’s silver industry in 1931. Initially, he created silver items from pre-Columbian and traditional motifs. In founding his workshop, Taller de las Delicias, he hired local jewelers to implement his designs in silver. Already at the end of the 1930s, more than 500 artisans worked in his workshop. His pieces were sold through the Montgomery Ward catalogs, as well as on Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. Noteworthy, he marked his earliest works with interlocking initials WS.
In the 1940s Spratling in partnership with Victor Silson of New York manufactured silver plated jewelry. Accordingly, the marking of this period includes Spratling of Mexico Silson Inc and initials WS. In mid-1940s, he sold most of the shares to Russell Maguire, which eventually led the company to bankruptcy.
However, Spratling rebuilt his workshop in Taxco and began producing silver jewelry and decorative objects in 1952.

Bow brooch pin. Amethyst cabochon, textured sterling silver. 1940s

Bow brooch pin. Amethyst cabochon, textured sterling silver. 1940s

Registered in 1957, Mexican branch of William Spratling jewelry trademark went through the changes of owners and registrations. The marking includes WS in the center and “Made in Mexico Spratling” around it, “Spratling Silver”, “WS 980”, and simple script “WS”. In the 1960s, he began producing jewelry with the use of gold, and the marking included “WS” and “18K”.

William Spratling vintage silver jewelry

After the death of Spratling in 1969, Sucesores de William Spratling continued to produce old Spratling designs, as well as new designs into the early 1980’s. Traditionally, they marked their pieces with “925 Silver Taxco S.A. DE C.V. MEXICO. Located in Mexico silver shop Sa De CV William Spratling is still active. The last new owners of the trademark are Veronica Consuelo Urich McGuire and Violante Juanita Urich McGuire, and the status of the trademark since 2006 – registered and renewed.

Amethyst cabochon sterling silver brooch

Amethyst cabochon sterling silver brooch

Antique sterling silver pin pendant

Antique sterling silver pin pendant

Black onyx sterling silver dandling earrings

Black onyx sterling silver dandling earrings

Blue amethyst sterling silver screw back earrings

Blue amethyst sterling silver screw back earrings

Bird sterling silver brooch pin

Bird sterling silver brooch pin

Butterfly sterling silver brooch

Butterfly sterling silver brooch

Copper and silver bracelet. 1940s

Copper and silver bracelet. 1940s

Cross sterling silver pendant

Cross sterling silver pendant

Flower brooch. Sterling silver, carnelian stone. 1940s

Flower brooch. Sterling silver, carnelian stone. 1940s

Geometric design sterling silver screw back earrings. 1950s

Geometric design sterling silver screw back earrings. 1950s

Hand holding tulip flower brooch. Carved amethyst, sterling silver. 1940s

Tulip flower in hand brooch. Carved amethyst, sterling silver. 1940s

Iconic hands holding flower design cuff bracelet. Sterling silver, jade

Hands holding flower cuff bracelet. Sterling silver, jade

Mask design sterling silver brooch. 1940s

Mask design sterling silver brooch. 1940s

Modernist star design screw back earrings. Sterling silver, obsidian

Modernist star design screw back earrings. Sterling silver, obsidian

Monkey brooch. Sterling silver, turquoise inlay

Monkey brooch. Sterling silver, turquoise inlay

Owl sterling silver brooch pin. Made by Silson on Spratling design. 1940

Owl sterling silver brooch pin. Made by Silson on Spratling design. 1940

Rauchtopas sterling silver ring

Rauchtopas sterling silver ring

River of Life 980 silver cuff bracelet. 1930s

River of Life 980 silver cuff bracelet. 1930s

Silson and Spartling 1940s sterling silver necklace

Silson and Spartling 1940s sterling silver necklace

Six-petal flower brooch. 980 silver. 1950s

Six-petal flower brooch. 980 silver. 1950s

Square shaped sterling silver earrings

Square shaped sterling silver earrings

Sun Moon design pendant, brooch and earrings. Sterling silver, copper

Sun Moon design pendant, brooch and earrings. Sterling silver, copper

Tulip flowers amethyst sterling silver brooch. 1950s

Tulip flowers amethyst sterling silver brooch. 1950s

Water jug sterling silver screw back earrings

Water jug sterling silver screw back earrings

Markings:

Early Spratling 980 silver stamp

Early Spratling 980 silver stamp

1940-1946 mark

1940-1946 mark

WS monogram 1930s early 1940s signature

WS monogram 1930s early 1940s signature

WS monogram Spratling of Mexico & Silson

WS monogram Spratling of Mexico & Silson