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    [Pancho Villa]. Gold Brooch Presented by Villa to Mrs. Max Fischbein. 22 karat gold, 1.13" x .36", with paste stones and red, white and green enamel work. All embellishments are original to the brooch, but the back-pin has been replaced. The brooch was purchased by our consignor in an estate sale in El Paso, and is accompanied by a family scrapbook. The scrapbook contains Fischbein's obituary, he and his wife Johanna's United States immigration cards, photographs of the 1910 Mexican Revolution, El Paso, Fischbein's storefront in Parral, as well as personal family portraits. The scrapbook measures 13.25" x 10.25" x .63" with white leather boards and black paper pages.

    The scrapbook contains a newspaper announcement of the Fischbein's 50th anniversary, Johanna Fischbein is pictured wearing said brooch. Someone has noted (in Spanish), "this brooch was given by Jose 'don Villa' in July 1923 prior to his death." Villa was born José Doroteo Arango Arámbula, and the Fischbeins likely knew him by his birth name. Previously, the brooch had been affixed to a page in the scrapbook shared by this anniversary announcement and her immigration card.

    Max Fischbein emigrated from Germany to Mexico in 1890. After establishing a successful tailoring business in Parral, Fischbein became the personal tailor to Pancho Villa. The obituary of Max Fischbein notes that, "he was the only man in Mexico for whom Villa would take off his guns."

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