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    Posted 6 years ago

    vetraio50
    (726 items)

    A fortnight ago I found this and another as well at my favourite shop on a shelf. They were marked as Mexican silver ... but the bodies were sitting on what I first thought were glass eggs. They brought a smile to my face. I had to have both of them.

    When I got home I began looking again at the marks on the birds. This bird is marked on the base: HECHO EN MEXICO STERLING. 925. I S V. The base is one of three parts of the piece. The base and feet of the bird are glued, fixed to an agate egg that makes up the body of the bird. Above that there is the head, neck and feathers made of silver that sit over the upper face of the agate. The upper part is not fixed, but actually moves over the rounded surface of the polished agate. You can change the shape of the bird into a variety of positions.

    This bird reminds me of a flamingo but I might well be wrong.

    I have seen a few similar birds on the net. But I need some help with these two birds. I have so far not been able to identify the maker. I am supposing that the 'I V S' is the maker's mark.

    Perhaps someone knows some more about the bird ... is it a Déco piece or is it later?

    Both of the birds are very well modelled and beautifully constructed.

    Any comments are welcome.

    Height : 10 cm or 4 inches.

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    1. kerry10456 kerry10456, 6 years ago
      Possibly a flamingo, my first thoughts before reading description was that of an Emu, just another person's perspective......That's what's fun about "Art" everyone sees something just a little different. Great pieces, Thanks for starting my day off well.
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks KERRY 'n MIKELV too !!!!!!!
    3. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      You're welcome Kevin :).... I've been checking around and they're calling these pieces onyx, jasper, or agate sterling bird figures. Lots of forms. Herons, chickens, road runners, peacocks etc. Most seem to originate from TAXCO Mexico even if not marked as such along with the artists initials. Fairly pricey too !
    4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      The other is a road runner .... It's hilarious !!!
      Many thanks SKLO & RIAZ too !!!!
    5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks KYRANTANGO !!!!
    6. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 6 years ago
      http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-MEXICAN-MEXICO-STERLING-SILVER-HIGH-MOUNT-RING-TAXCO-925-EAGLE-2-IVS-/171891215029?hash=item280583cab5

      Here it is marked IVS and Taxco
    7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks KIVATINITZ, ROYCROFTBOOKSFROMME & BLADERUNNER too !!!!

      Can I ask a question?
      Thanks KIVATINITZ for that link. I note that the eagle has a 2 in the centre. I thought Taxco was 3.

      Does anyone know what city the 2 was for ????

    8. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Hey Kevin, I found a sister goose for him!
      http://www.ebay.fr/itm/311430928540?clk_rvr_id=890080845268&rmvSB=true
    9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      If anyone has a copy of 'The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks: Hecho en Mexico' by Bille Hougart could they check page 255 for the Eagle 2 marks?
    10. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      stunning bird!!! lovely!!
    11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks for that link KYRANTANGO !!! I have seen quite a few birds .... by a variety of firms. There are some very large examples too.
    12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks SEAN !!!!
    13. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      your very welcome Kevin!!
    14. Rick55 Rick55, 6 years ago
      And a pair no less??!! Great find Kevin!
    15. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 6 years ago
      http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/lg-vintage-signed-hecho-en-mexico-isv-490398263
    16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks TONINO, IVONNE, RADEGRUNDER, DON, RICK & KIVATINITZ !!!!!!!
    17. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks KAPUTS !!!!!!
    18. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks AGHCOLLECT !!!!!!
    19. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks MOONSTONE !!!!!!
    20. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks TREY & ALAN too !!!!!!
    21. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks CORMORAN !!!!!!!
    22. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 6 years ago
      it is a white ibis
      https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anexo:Aves_de_M%C3%A9xico#/media/File:Whiteibis.jpg
    23. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks SMIATA !!!!!!!

      And to you too KIVATINITZ for your help.
    24. agoodworks agoodworks, 6 years ago
      Im thinking it is an Ibis.
      Ibis are in the gulf of mexico!
      Look at this picture:
      http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-white-ibis-sanibel-island-florida-silhoutte-bird-shore-beach-gulf-16099143.html
    25. agoodworks agoodworks, 6 years ago
      The beak is the give away. Here is a better picture:
      http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-white-ibis-bird-fishing-river-image18090934
    26. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks AGOODWORKS for your input !!!!!!
    27. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks PEASEJEAN !!!!!!
    28. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks WALKSOFTLY !!!!
    29. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks TEDSTRAUB !!!!
    30. inky inky, 6 years ago
      Why were my thoughts when I saw this was..." Beep..Beep "... :-)).....love it vetraio50...:-)
    31. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks INKY & NORDICMAN SCOTT !!!!!!
    32. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks GLUECHIP !!!!!!!
    33. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 6 years ago
      wowza!! this is a real treasure Vetraio - one of the coolest pieces i've seen in a long time! of course, i'm very prejudiced towards Mexican art.
    34. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks HO2CULTCHA !!!!!

      I think these pieces have a humour that you rarely see in silver !!
    35. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks THOMAS !!! !!!! !! ! !! !!!! !!!
    36. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks MIGNIGHT !! !!! !! ! !! !!! !!
    37. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Many thanks BUCKETHEAD !!!!!
    38. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
      Many thanks LISA & NEWFLD !!!!
    39. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
      Many thanks AURA !!!!

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