MEXICAN STERLING SILVER AND SILVERPLATE MARKS

MARKS AND HALLMARKS OF MEXICO SILVER MAKERS
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AN INTRODUCTION TO MEXICO SILVER MARKING
In the first half of the 20th century silver items manufactured in Mexico were marked simply "silver" or "sterling". Usually a location (Mexico or a town name) and silver fineness (925, 925/1000, 950, 980) was included.
In 1948 the Government of Mexico promoted the reintroduction of the "eagle mark" to identify the manufacturers of silver items. The "eagle" was stamped with a number associated to a silver manufacturing company. This system was unsuccessful, eagle stamps were misused or "loaned" to more than one artist of maker and was abandoned in the 1980s. It was substituted by the "letter and number" system adopted circa 1980 and still in use.
In the "Letter and number" system a letter identifies a location (T for Taxco, M for Mexico City, G for Guadalajara and C for Cuernavaca), the second letter is the first letter of an individual's first or last name of the maker. The number is the number of registration of the maker.
From left to right: early Mexican mark (before 1948), eagle mark (1948-c.1980), "letter and number" mark (c.1980-present).
Alongside EAGLE and STERLING, the most frequently marks present on Mexican silver are HECHO EN MEXICO, MEXICO, TAXCO, PLATA, SILVER and fineness numbers as 925, 0.925, 980, 0.900, 950, 940


early Mexican mark (before 1948) Plateria FarFan: eagle 13 mark (1948 - c.1980) maker TA - 16 in use after c. 1980
MEXICO STERLING AND SILVERPLATE MAKERS: M - Q
A - C    D - H    I - L    M - O    PA - PI    PL - Q    R -S    T - Z   
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M stylized
see Miguel MELENDEZ
Mexico silversmith: MA stylized, unidentified Mexico silversmith: MA stylized, unidentified
MA stylized
Eagle 25 unidentified
Mexico silversmith: MAC unidentified
MAC
D.F. unidentified
Maciel Silver Factory: mark 1948-1970 Maciel Silver Factory: eagle 14 Maciel Silver Factory Maciel Silver Factory Maciel Silver Factory Maciel Silver Factory
MACIEL SILVER FACTORY
Firm based in Mexico City since the 1930s
Manufacturera Platex, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico: silver mark Manufacturera Platex, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico: silver mark Manufacturera Platex, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico: silver mark
MANUFACTURERA PLAMEX S.A.
Active in Ciudad Juarez, Ave. Hipodromo and Paraguay
MAP: eagle 61 - unidentified
MAP: eagle 61
unidentified
Mexico silversmith: Marbel
MARBEL S.A.
a retail store
MARGARITA
see PLATERIA MARGARITA
MARGOT DE TAXO
see Margot VAN VOORHIES CARR
Mexico silversmith: Maricela by Isidro Garcia Pina Mexico silversmith: Maricela by Isidro Garcia Pina
MARICELA by ISIDRO GARCIA PINA
Firm established in 1943 in Taxco. Out of business in 1986
José Marmolejo José Marmolejo
Jose MARMOLEJO
A master silversmith with workshop in Mexico City. José Marmolejo collaborated often with Tane
Mexico silversmith: Felipe Martinez, Piedra Y Plata
Felipe MARTINEZ
In the 1940s worked for Hubert Harmon. In 1950 opened his own shop Piedra Y Plata
Mexico silversmith: Gustavo Martinez
Gustavo MARTINEZ
Worked as maestro at Héctor Aguilar's Taller Borda. The GM mark is accompanied by the image of a coyote
Mexico silversmith: Miguel Garcia Martinez
Miguel Garcia MARTINEZ
was the main designer of Rancho Alegre. Some of his items are marked JFL (José Luis Flores), VJC (Victor Jaimez), RJA, MR
Mason, Burns and McAllister Mason, Burns and McAllister
MASON, BURNS AND McALLISTER
Firm active in Mexico City in the 1930s and 1940s
MATL
see Ricardo SALAS
Mexico silversmith: Mejia
Isidro MEJIA
Worked for William Spratling (c.1938)
Mexico silversmith: Emma Melendez Mexico silversmith: Emma Melendez Mexico silversmith: Emma Melendez Mexico silversmith: Emma Melendez
Emma MELENDEZ
Emma was the niece of Rafael Melendez, She opened her workshop in 1953. Designers and silversmiths working for Emma Melendez were Johny Melendez, Del Rio, Jose Luis Flores, Miguel Garcia Martinez, Victor Jaimez, Francisco Rivera and many others.
Mexico silversmith: Miguel Melendez Mexico silversmith: Miguel Melendez
Miguel MELENDEZ
Apprenticed and worked in the 1940s at Las Delicias under Antonio Castillo. In 1948 left Los Castillos to join Margot de Taxco
Mexico silversmith: Rafael Melendez Mexico silversmith: Rafael Melendez
Rafael MELENDEZ
Worked with William Spratling from 1932 to 1939. In 1939 he started his own workshop under the name Plateria Melendez. Rafael was the uncle of the well known silversmith Emma Melendez
Mexico silversmith: V. Mendez
V. MENDEZ
Taxco
MENDOZA
see PLATERIA MENDOZA
Mexico silversmith: Metasco
METASCO
MG unidentified
MG
unidentified
MILTON
see JOYERIA MILTON
Mexico silversmith: Serafin Moctezuma Mexico silversmith: Serafin Moctezuma
Serafin MOCTEZUMA
manufacturer of items closely copied from William Sprating designs. Also the mark SM intertwined imitated the style of WS mark of Spratling.
Mexico silversmith: Monroy
MONROY
Manufacturer of jewelry, hollowware and equestrian equipment
Mexico silversmith: Montero unidentified
MONTERO
Taxco unidentified
Mexico silversmith: Monteros Mexico silversmith: Monteros
MONTEROS
Taxco TM-100
Gonzalo W. Moreno Gonzalo W. Moreno Gonzalo W. Moreno Gonzalo W. Moreno
Gonzalo W. MORENO
manufacturer of holloware and, occasionally, jewelry. Eagle numbers 1 and 11
Mexico silversmith: Fortino Mota
Fortino MOTA
Worked for Antonio Pineda in the 1950s-1960s
MR
see Melecio RODRIGUEZ
M.R.R. in script: eagle 156 - unidentified
M.R.R. in script: eagle 156
unidentified (a silversmith mark often associated to PERLITA)
MV in script conjoined : eagle 1 unidentified
MV in script conjoined - eagle 1
unidentified
Mexico silversmith: Myers
MYERS
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Mexico silversmith: Guillermo Nava Mexico silversmith: Guillermo Nava
Guillermo NAVA
Plateria Taxco G. Nava
Mexico silversmith: Artemio M. Navarrete
Artemio M. NAVARRETE
In 1931 he collaborated with William Spratling on the launch of Taller de Las Delicias. In 1936 he opened in Taxco his own shop Chichén-Itza. Manufacturer mostly of jewelry and some flatware, often resembling Spratling's design. His mark, conjoined AN into a circle, closely resembles the conjoined AV of Alfredo Villasana, but the AV is incised while the AN is raised. His works are in 980 and 940 silver fineness.
Mexico silversmith: Nestor Mexico silversmith: Nestor
NESTOR
Eagle 3
Mexico silversmith: NS Co
NS Co
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Mexico silversmith: Alberto Diaz Ocampo
Alberto Diaz OCAMPO
designer for Taller Borda a sometimes for Rancho Alegre
Mexico silversmith: M. Ocampo
M. OCAMPO
active in Taxco
OGM unidentified
OGM Taxco
unidentified
Mexico silversmith: G. Olvera
G. OLVERA
Manufacturer of flatware and hollowware in Mexico City
Alfredo Ortega and Sons: eagle 8 Alfredo Ortega and Sons: eagle of ancient style Alfredo Ortega and Sons: eagle of ancient style Alfredo Ortega and Sons: eagle of ancient style
Alfredo ORTEGA AND SONS
Active since the 1930s in Mexico City. They used the 19th century style eagle mark in addition to the standard eagle mark
Mexico silversmith: OTADUY
OTADUY.
PAT 6981, Eagle number 19
AMERICAN STERLING SILVER Aa An Ba Bi Ca Co Da Du E Fa Fo Ga Gi Ha Hi
MAKER MARKS I-J K La Li M N O P-Q Ra Ro Sa Si T-U-V Wa Wh-X-Y-Z

AMERICAN MAKERS Aa Am Ba Bi C D E F G H I - J - K L Ma
SILVER PLATE MARKS Mi N O P Q Ra Ro Sa Sm T U-V Wa We-X-Y-Z

STERLING SILVER OF ENGLAND, SCOTLAND AND IRELAND
ALPHABETICAL LISTING OF
MAKER'S MARKS
AA
AE
AF
AZ
BA
BZ
CA
CH
CK
CZ
DA
DZ
EA
EZ
FA
FZ
GA
GZ
HA
HG
HH
HZ
IA
IG
IH
IZ
JA
JC
JD
JH
JJ
JP
JQ
JS
ALPHABETICAL LISTING OF
MAKER'S MARKS
JT
JZ
KA
LZ
MA
MZ
NA
PA
PB
PZ
QA
RH
RK
RZ
SA
SG
SH
SZ
TA
TH
TI
TZ
UA
WB
WC
WF
WG
WL
WM
WS
WT
ZZ
Moskow hallmark St Petersburg hallmark official marks - legge 5 Febbraio 1935 Paris 1818/1838 hallmarkParis 1797/1809 hallmark London town mark Sheffield town mark German silver hallmark Hanau silver hallmark Austrian silver hallmark Sanborn/Mexico silver mark Joseph Kopf: Tallinn silver mark
Russia Italy France England UK  Germany  Hanau  Austria  Mexico  Latvia - Estonia
Pelton Bros. Silver Plate Co. hallmarkRogers & Bro. - Waterbury CT hallmark Mappin & Webb hallmarkWalker & Hall hallmark Devices of Old Sheffiel Plate Herrmann factory silver plate mark
American Silver Plate marks English Electroplate silver marks Old Sheffied Plate marks Continental European silver plate marks

Peter Charles Faberge mark Gorham Athenic hallmark International Silver Company mark Georg Jensen hallmark 1945-1951 Kirk & Son mark Meriden Britannia Company mark Reed & Barton mark Rogers Bros mark Tiffany hallmarks Towle Silversmiths mark Wallace Silversmiths mark Wiener Werkstatte monogram WMF hallmarks
Fabergé
Gorham
International Silver Co
Georg Jensen
Kirk Stieff
Meriden Britannia
Reed & Barton
Rogers
Tiffany & Co
Towle
Wallace
Wiener Werkstatte
WMF

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