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Spratling DUCK BILL BOTTLE OPENER
A sterling silver duck bill bottler opener, maker's mark of William Spratling, Taxco, Mexico circa 1940.
Note: William Spratlin (1900-1967) was born in Sonyea, New York, in 1917. He attended Auburn University, where he served as an instructor in architecture. Spratling moved to New Orleans in 1921 where he was an associate professor of architecture at Tulane University. During the 1920's he spent summers in Mexico and by 1929, he decided to move there, purchasing a house "Las Delicas", in the silver mining town of Taxco. There he opened a silver workshop to produce objects of his own design. By 1940, , he employed 300 artisans to produce silver jewelry, flatware, holloware, furniture, leather and textiles. Spratling is considered to be the "Father of Mexican Silver".