Vtg large Sterling silver Horse Saddle Belt Buckle This old Mexican sterling silver 10kt gold buckle has a lot of tales to tell. It's been around for decades and we can tell from the patina that this has been loved and worn and admired. All that while holding up someone's pants. The "Bucking Horse" by Taxco Mexico features Fred Harmon's (Author of Red Ryder Comic Books) iconic bucking horse design. This historic buckle shape was worn by legends like John Wayne and Buck Jones.From estate -Mexican sterling silver and 10K gold saddle belt buckle. This beautiful sterling silver piece depicts a western saddle with moveable stirrup, strap, saddle strings and lasso. The belt buckle has an elaborate floral paisley design with 10K gold overlay throughout. Featuring a lady of Guadalupe image The back of the belt buckle is stamped Hecho En Mexico. Inches by 3"inches Fits 2inches width belt weighs 106.6grams. The contemporary silver jewelry industry in Mexico began in the mid-1920s and coincided with a great revival of interest in archaeological research. Museums were adding excellent examples of pre-Hispanic art and publishers were bringing out important new books on archaeological subjects. Taken by the beauty of ancient Indian designs which made traditional styles pale by comparison, the better jewelry designers began to incorporate them in their work. Interestingly, two Americans were at the forefront of this new direction in Mexican jewelry making. He developed a fascination with the popular arts of Mexico which eventually gravitated into silver jewelry. Davis worked with silversmiths in Mexico City, encouraging them to make silver jewelry for his shop which he described as unmistakably Mexican. He took naturally to designing silverwork, jewelry, flatware, serving pieces and boxes and ultimately to producing it himself. In his years as manager of antiques and fine crafts at the famed Sanborn's department store in Mexico City, Davis influenced countless Mexican silversmiths through his ideas on style and design. William Spratling, trained in the United States as an architect, came to the beautiful mountain community of Taxco, Mexico in 1929. Within two years, he turned his talents to designing and making jewelry and established a workshop.
By 1940, he had over 100 silversmiths in his workshop producing Spratling designed silver jewelry that tourists bought up almost as quickly as it was produced. The list of men and women who learned their craft in his workshop reads like a Who's Who of the Mexican silver jewelry industry. Many of Spratling's smiths and others who learned from them went on to found their own shops and produce works still eagerly sought by collectors. Here are just a few of the famed Mexican designers whose work you will find in our shop: Hector Aguilar, Antonio Piñeda, Victoria, Beto, Margot of Taxco, Los Castillo, Los Ballesteros, Maricela, Alfredo Villasana and of course, William Spratling and Frederick Davis.