ANTONIO PINEDA Vintage Sterling + Tortoise Shell "X" Cufflinks
Considered one of the finest Mexican silver craftsmen from the twentieth century, Antonio Pineda began his art at a young age. He studied painting and sculpture in his youth, and at age 14 he was apprenticed to Taller de Las Delicias of William Spratling to learn the silversmith craft. Antonio founded his own workshop in 1941 and his talent flourished.
These vintage cufflinks from the 1940s are a wonderful example Antonio Pineda's work! Crafted in sterling silver, each piece features an attractive "X" design that curves under at the bottom. Each cufflink holds a tortoise shell plaque, crisscrossing over its polished silver counterpart, creating its unique design. The shell plaques display wonderful shades of deep brown and caramel colors that contrast beautifully with the silver setting. Three polished "nails" rivet the shell to the front, a wonderful decorative accent! Hinged airplane links can be found on the back of each piece. Various stamps on the back include "STERLING" and "MEXICO" near a partial hallmark on one side and partial stamps including, "SILVER" and "925" near a faded hallmark are found on the other side. A fabulous pair of cufflinks by an exceptional silversmith, they would make an excellent addition to any vintage collection!
Measurements: Each cufflink measures approximately 7/8" tall and wide and about 1/8" thick. The post of each airplane back measures 3/4" long.
Condition: The overall condition of the cufflinks is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the silver setting or tortoise plaques, and the hinged airplane backs are secure and in good working condition. There is a natural patina on the silver, which is normal for a vintage piece and adds to its unique character and beauty.