Identification and Price guides for Antiques & Collectibles

Members Log-In
Forgot Password?

Identifying Makers Marks & Hallmarks

Join the most updated and complete collectibles research online - Learn more...

Mexican Silver marks and HallmarksMexican silver is marked using a variety of symbols and initials. Depending on the age of each piece, there may be a hallmark, usually an Eagle or simply the word MEXICO, to denote the country of origin. In most cases, initials or pictorial symbols are makers' marks or are associated with a specific designer, artisan, or studio (taller). Some fine retailers, especially high-end jewelers, often required that items sold on their premises are also marked with their shop's logo.

Most Mexican silver marks are well documented and some of the most famous makers are popular with collectors, particularly artisan silver from the 1950s - 1980s when wealthy American travelers began discovering this country's beauty and flocked by the thousands admiring and consuming Mexican silver for its distinct and culturally inspired designs. In turn, this created a rapid proliferation of local and ex-pat silversmiths & designers to a point that, unless you can specifically recall or know where/when a piece was originally purchased, deciphering Mexican silver or jewelry marks can be a daunting experience.

The key to identifying Mexican silver is to begin by first estimating its age. Hallmarks, that denote the country of origin and which however were not strictly enforced in Mexico, can often indicate the general period of when a piece was made as these were revised over the years, most notably around the 1940s and then again in the 1970s. The actual designer and/or maker's marks are then within a more limited scope of signatures and initials and should be easier to identify. The only exception is for artisans who did not register their marks officially or were not as prolific to be documented. In such a case, the age and style of a piece should be sufficient to describe it and appraise its current market value.

Certain regions of Mexico attracted hundreds of very skilled artisans, especially around the 1950s, who established their studios and created magnificent works that are now valuable collectibles appraised in the thousands of dollars. Most prolific areas include Taxco and of course Mexico City. Taxco silver is usually marked with this area's name, but not always. In contrast, Taxco marks should not be taken for granted as some artisans from other regions used related symbols, perhaps with the intention to sell their wares in that area, but are nevertheless not authentic as to their origin. As most experienced collectors of Mexican jewelry know, many signatures of very prominent silversmiths & jewelers have been faked and copied profusely, particularly since the 1990s.

Serious collectors should always consult reference guides to identify silver marks. You can check out our extensive database to help you identify marks from Mexico and other countries on our Silver & Jewelry marks reference guide - marks4silver - and have unlimited access to the most comprehensive and updated list of worldwide marks & hallmarks. Our specialists can also answer your questions for free when trying to identify your silver or precious metals and even pewter from any country and period (members only).

Unlock the true value of your collection with our comprehensive research guides from identifying makers' marks to appraising all kinds of antiques and collectibles, including items featured in this article.

Our up-to-date information will give you an accurate understanding of your items' worth. Don't miss out on this valuable resource - visit our research tools today!

In addition to some examples shown below on this page, you can also search our price guide for your own treasures.

Examples of related items from our Price Guides

There are many more auction results available to our members...

Explore more items from our
Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide

This list is limited to only a few results.
Many more items are available to our members through our Price Guides!

Ideal research tools for Collectors, Personal Property Appraisers, Antiques & Collectibles Dealers, Auction Houses, Museums, eBayers or other online sellers (Rubylane, Etsy, etc) and curious minds interested in appraising & identifying collectibles

Sign Up

Privacy, Terms and Conditions
Copyrighted Material - All rights reserved.