Saturday, December 25, 2010
DIA DIODATO Taxco
This item just popped up on ebay. Here is the sellers description:
In all my years of collecting vintage Mexican Silver, I've never, ever found a piece marked by hard-to-find maker, Dia Diodato. And this puzzle/buckle bracelet is a true rarity indeed, vintage -- circa 1945. This is called a puzzle/buckle bracelet due to the unique way in which it clasps; if you don't know the trick, you won't be able to open it! The slide portion of the buckle set flips open which then allows you to move the tongue of the bracelet away from the prong that slips through one of the two open holes. Unique!
The other feature that makes this bracelet very unique is that the taller hand rivets two narrow, curved bars of rosewood along the sides of the bracelet, using a design/material motif that William Spratling also used. The bracelet is pin hinged in three places and all work very smoothly. A nice piece, a rare maker!
Hallmark: Dia Diodato Taxco Mexico 925
So I have to concur, in all my years of collecting, this is the first time I have seen this designer. When I did some quick checking I found nothing except for the name pop up on Sterling Hallmark pages.
The belt buckle design bracelet never did much for me tho - it seems every other designer was doing it too....So I ususally dont reach for it when I am shopping...Maybe now I will be more inclined to (tho I doubt it)...