From Thomas Mann, a very well known contemporary jeweler based in New Orleans, has been creating jewelry for about thirty years.He describes himself as "an artist working in the medium of jewelry and sculpture." He has won numerous awards for his jewelry and is featured in many books on modern jewelry including Art Jewelry Today by Dona Z. Margot van Voorhies Carr arrived in Mexico City in 1937. It is on an old meat fork and says STERLING with an M in a simple shield flanked by 2 birds, presumably eagles.The metal design work is not of high quality which makes me think it is older than 80 years old. In Rainwater's, "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers, it states that the company manufactured sterling silver fancy flatware, hollowware, and novelties beginning in 1887.Aquatic plants occupy the lowest level, marine life, such as fish and mollusks reside on the second level, and terrestrial plants, animals and birds are situated on the top level.Measuring 22 feet across, and ranging from outer to inner height from 10 to 8 1/2 feet, the monumental gates are an appropriate introduction to the actual species within.
See American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970, MODERN SILVER magazine, Winter, 2008-2009.
He was born in Tertenia, Italy in 1898 and became a sculptor of commemorative works, a medalist, crafts person, and professor of art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome.
Most of his career was spent in New York City; although he spent much time in Italy where he was also a student at the Academy of Fine Arts and exhibited at the Roman Exchange and the Italian Salon.
From reading the list of Mystery Marks I found the meanings of the three-crowns mark and the S, but would anyone be able to tell me anything more about this bracelet? The ones I've seen on her beautiful early repousse pieces are impressed or stamped. Are the pieces with the scratched marks designs by Matilde Poulat that were produced later?
I don't see a "Salas" mark on this piece and I thought the pieces made after 1960 would be marked "Salas" together with the other marks. On his more recent pieces he either uses a rectangular piece of silver soldered on the back with Matl in script and M REGIS (marca registrada - registered mark) followed by a number, MEXICO 925, MS-12 or he simply "scratches" on the back "Matl, Mex 925" He doesn't always scratch on the "MS-12" or "Salas". I know he wrote them because we were visiting with him at his home when he was marking pieces.
Her enamels were sometimes based on Japanese designs and the colors are spectacular.