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This heavy, high-grade silver handle for a horse crop or whip, is of a good example of Spanish colonial silversmithing, and is from 19th century Argentina. The handle has six sides with raised borders at the ends and in the middle that have been finely chased with flower motifs. The end has a large, heavy, solid-cast silver hanging loop that has been chased beautifully with leaf and bud motifs. The other end has remnants of the leather crop.
Similar examples are illustrated in Argent d’Argentine (1992, p. 65), Luis Ribera & Schenone (1981, p. 373) and Taullard (2004, fig. 327).
The handle is in fine condition, with contours softened from handling. It has a lovely patina.
Argent d’Argentine, Association Francaise d’Action Artistique, 1992.
Luis Ribera, A., & H.H. Schenone, Plateria Sudamericana de los Siglos XVII-XX, Hirmer Verlag Muchen, 1981.
Taullard, A., Plateria Sudemericana, Ediciones Espeula de Plata, 2004.