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The Little Book Of Mexican Silver Trade And Hallmarks

The new 2013 edition of the bestselling reference guide to identifying Mexican silver. The new 3rd edition is compact, but loaded with images and graphics of over 1,500 marks of silver makers, designers, manufacturers and silver houses in Taxco and throughout Mexico. Eagle numbers from 1 through eagle 219. The book includes all the great ones, including William Spratling, Hector Aguilar, Los Castillo, Antonio Pineda, Sigi, Maricela, Salvador, Valentín Vidaurreta, Victoria, Fred Davis, Artemio Navarrete, Emma Melendez, Bernice Goodspeed, Maciel, Matl, Tane, Hubert Harmon, Chato, Margot and many, many others. The book is fully cross-referenced and indexed for quick and handy searches. “Nowhere else are so many of the hallmarks, both known and unknown, brought together in one easy-to-use volume” (Modern Silver Magazine). The 2001 and 2006 editions (both now out-of-print) were reprinted many times to meet demand. This new 3rd edition reveals identities of more mystery marks, includes examples of marks not previously published, and features a new and improved format. Special sections describing fake marks are included for prominent designers! This is a must have for collectors, dealers, appraisers and fans of Mexican sterling silver jewelry and silver crafts.

Paperback: 288 pages

Publisher: T B R International, Incorporated; Third Edition edition (May 1, 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0971120234

ISBN-13: 978-0971120235

Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

Best Sellers Rank: #625,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #192 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Antiques & Collectibles > Jewelry

I like this book in that most of the makers marks I come across are listed. The only thing is, there is not a lot of info on the makers. I guess I was expecting more info like history and location. Maybe this info in not available so that is why it is not in the book, the bigger makers are listed with some bio's but not as many as I expected.It is worth buying and I do not regret it.

I heard good things about this book but I don't think it lives up to its reputation. It never seems to have the marks I'm looking for when I research my vintage Mexican silver jewelry. Oh well, it's really the only book out there on Mexican jewelry so it's better than nothing.

Bille Hougart is a fantastic author and devoted to his subject matter. If you collect Native American, southwest or Mexican jewelry any of his books are highly recommended reference material! Thanks Bille!

There are still many pieces that I cannot find hallmarks on that are Mexican. However: I know there are many newer artists that are continually coming of age and recognition.


This is another wonderful book with lots of information about Mexican silver. I have the other two editions, and this one lists some new information.

This book came lightening fast and saved my life!I final knew what I was looking at and why I was confused!I'm not confused any more.

This is quite a compilation of Hallmarks. The only thing that would make this book better would be a little more history about the artists.

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