Mexico is a 760,000 square mile Federal Republic with a 115,000,000
Comprised of 31 states and a Federal District (Distrito Federal
Mexico City), Mexico was and still is a very popular tourist
destination for US residents.
Mexico is a great nation that borders on much of the U.S. southern
boundary. At the time when these spoons were made, the American and
German companies created spoons which were designed to be sold to American tourists visiting Mexico.
were also imported into the USA and sold through American silver
manufacturers (see the Pan Am expo piece under world fairs).
Mexico is now probably the largest producer of silver in the world. It
has a thriving silver industry and currently produces numerous silver
of many types which are imported into the USA, but most of the spoons
which are being
created at this time do not have the panache of the older pieces. Many
art deco style pieces are still being produced.
Mexican art deco silver is now starting to command some startling
prices, especially if it was made by a recognized company. I see these
pieces being offered for sale at high prices. A recent book on
"Spratling Silver" by Sandraline Cederwall and Hal Riney may have
something to do with this "sudden interest." Spratling was an American
ex-patriot who moved to Mexico and established an upscale silver
manufacturing firm in Taxco specializing in his own designs. Most of
his designs were "arts and crafts" style. He did not do his own work,
but hired hundreds of workers (over the years) to actually produce the
Nicely enameled sterling spoons (made in the USA) about Mexico.
all spoons are sterling silver or 800 silver
Castle of Chapultepec, Chapultepec (grasshopper hill) Park, Mexico City
The only "Royal Castle" in North America is sited on an Aztec sacred
hill and served as the residence of Emperor Maxmilian 1.
It is currently a magnificent national history museum.
Statue of an Aztec warrior
Made in Germany from 800 silver
The Mexicali brewery was established in 1923 and quickly became the
largest brewery in northwest Mexico.
The brewery closed down in 1973.
All spoons are sterling silver except the leftmost spoon which is
labeled as "solid copper"
Mission Guadalupe, Juarez, Mexico founded in 1549 was a popular
Nice detailed image of a vaquero.
I like the nice mustache -- and also notice he is holding a cigar.
The Bishopric Palace (Palacio del Obispado) in Monterrey, Mexico
Some of the spoons on the top of this picture are modern and readily
available at tourist sites in Mexico
Detailed embossed bowl of
Tijuana, Mexico landmarks including the ruins of the old adobe
and a boundary monument (click for more)
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