A Mexican  silver  Aztec style mine commemorative center bowl signed R. S. Aguayo, Guadalajara,  first quarter 20th century
Lot 1073
A Mexican silver Aztec style mine commemorative center bowl signed R. S. Aguayo, Guadalajara, first quarter 20th century
Sold for US$ 11,875 inc. premium
Lot Details
Property of various owners
A Mexican sterling silver Aztec style oval centerbowl of mining interest
signed R. S. Aguayo, Guadalajara, first quarter 20th century
Modeled with central warrior-form legs and geometric banded frieze with inscribed reserves "Presented to / Mrs. Margaret P. Daly / With the Compliments/ of the/ Cinco Minas Company / Mexico" and "Made From / First Silver Bar / Produced / February 1914," weight approximately 216 oz troy.
height 5in (12.5cm); length 19 1/2in (49.5cm); depth 8 1/2in (21.5cm)

Footnotes

  • Industrialist Marcus Daly (December 5, 1841 – November 12, 1900) was one of the three "Copper Kings" of Butte, Montana. Born in Ireland, he immigrated to New York in 1856 and proceeded to find work in various mines from Utah to California, eventually even achieving the post of foreman for the corporation in charge of the Comstock Lode, the first major U.S. discovery of silver ore, in Virginia City, Nevada.

    Daly opened the Anaconda Company mine in 1880 to process silver but soon thereafter discovered a significant copper deposit and by 1895 the Anaconda Company was the world's largest copper producer. Daly's estate acquired the Cinco Minas Company in 1910 and transformed the firm from a small, local mine into the regions largest employer and a 500-ton-per-day metals and minerals supplier by 1922.
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