Sidewalk Find: Mexican Modernist Sterling Cuff Bracelet

One of the best things about Toronto are boxes filled with junk that are left on the sidewalks, the word “free” hastily scrawled on one of the flaps. I always stop to explore them. Usually they contain textbooks, old plates and candleholders. Once I found a box full of old watches. Another time I found a tin box that was full of costume jewellery.

Yesterday morning, however, I found this striking cuff nestled amongst a bunch of decorative glass stones and something called a “Scumbuster.” It’s marked TH 117 MEXICO 925. According to the Online Encyclopedia of Silver Marks, Hallmarks & Makers Marks, Mexican Silver division, these marks indicate that the bracelet was made after 1979 (when this form of assaying was introduced). The “T” in “TH” means that the bracelet was made in Taxco. The “H” is the maker’s initial.