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Vintage Taxco Sterling Silver Brooch Pin Mountain Lion Cougar 1980s Signed TH-77 Mexican Silver Jewelry

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Vintage Taxco Sterling Silver Brooch Pin Mountain Lion Cougar 1980s Signed TH-77 Mexican Silver Jewelry

This item is a 2-inch-long by 3/4-inch-high pin or brooch representing a mountain lion, cougar, or, as it is known in sunny México, el león. It is an image of the big cat in a walking or stalking stance, and with a somewhat strange face. It may have just eaten a sheep, hence the sheepish expression. The brooch is cut out of 0.06-inch thick (slightly heavier than 16 gauge) Sterling silver sheet, with a few stamped details highlighted with black paint. The silversmith slightly dapped or domed out the figure to add a little three-dimensionality. A hinged pin stem and a pin catch, probably of silver-plated brass, are soldered to the back.

Also on the back are three stamped marks: “MEXICO”, “925” (for Sterling), and a post-circa-1980 Mexican silversmith’s registration mark: “TH-77”. The T indicates Taxco origin, the H stands for the surname, or perhaps the given name, of the smith, and the 77 further identifies the smith as the 77th to use the H initial to register with the government. Brief research for this listing was unable to connect the TH-77 with a specific Taxco silversmith.

The brooch is in good vintage condition, with overall fine wear scratches visible under magnification. The pin and catch are in good shape and function well.

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Vintage Taxco Sterling Silver Brooch Pin Mountain Lion Cougar 1980s Signed TH-77 Mexican Silver Jewelry


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  • Vintage item from the 1980s
  • Material: Sterling silver
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