Posted 4 years ago
RARE Early work of Rafael Melendez (1911 - 1980) one of the first Silversmiths trained and launched into the game by William Spratling. He started working for him in 1932 and by 1939 Melendez was Soaring with His own Wings! "PLATERIA MELENDEZ"
Most work such as this was done with Heavy Gauge 980 Sterling Silver.
It features a early hallmark of Melendez as seen in the attached photos.
A Fantastic depiction , commentary on The Life !
A man with a sombrero resting on the tierra surrounded by cactus with a big eyed burro next to him. The Sun beams radiating give understanding to the reason behind his much needed rest.
A Southwest Beauty!!!
This is an AMAZING piece!! Circa 1940's. It measures 3" x 2.25" when closed. Features a Sterling slide carter pin for securing it to the wrist.
Weight : 2.5oz (70g)
Classy patina, Brilliant Luster