This is a vintage pin handcrafted in Taxco, Mexico in the 1930's. It is a design copied from the great silver master, William Spratling, but was not made by him. The Mexican golden eagle perched on the prickly pear cactus, eating a snake, is an iconic image for Mexico. It would have had great religious meaning to the Aztec people who lived in Tenochtitlan, the city conquered by the Spanish, and now known as Mexico City. To the Spanish conquerers, the symbolism is more about good conquering evil, represented by the eagle eating the snake. The image has been an important symbol of Mexican culture and politics for many centuries and is the current coat of arms of the country.
No markings by the maker. Stamped, "Sterling" and "Taxco." Sturdy clasp.
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state of origin: Guerrero
dimensions: 2.25" x 1.5"