"Antique Ecuador Silver Tupo Shawl Pin Spanish Colonial South American"
An antique Ecuadorian silver Tupo and chain - while researching it's origins I came across an identical one and this text.
My parents lived in Ecuador for about 32 years and had many Ecuadorian items. I am now selling their things. In the past, and even to some extent today, Indians in Ecuador did not have cash to pay for things. They paid for things with food, animals or other belongings. In 1961 when my parents first arrived in Ecuador the met a doctor who had been paid by an Indian woman, several years before, with the tupo (shawl pin). He had no need for it so he sold it to my parents who had it displayed in our home. Tupos are, or were, used to hold shawls together. This particular one is from the Saraguro Indians in Ecuador . These are rarely seen anymore as "modern" Indians use large safety pins to hold their shawls together! These tupos are made of silver and are handed down from generation to generation. Although I have no idea how old this is, other than it is at least 50 years old, I would imagine that it is much older. I have Indian friends who tell me that their tupo was passed down for many generations so this might be over 100 years old. I cannot say for sure.
PART OF A SMALL COLLECTION OF ANTIQUE SOUTH AMERCAN SILVERI HAVE LISTED NOW.
Date - 20th century.
Condition - Good.
Size - Pin top to bottom 22cm / 9ins. Chain length 100 cm / 39 ins. Total weight 110 grams / 3.5 troy ozs.
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