Vintage Ladies Art Deco/Nouveau Dress/Fur Clip - L@@K!!

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  • Item Category: Jewelry
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: May 26, 2007
  • Channel: Auction House

Elegant Vintage Art Deco/Art Nouveau Dress or Fur Clip - Stamped "A1" - 1920's/30's - Good Condition - NR!

This elegantly styled dress or fur clip appears to be cast out of pot or white metal or pewter (unsure) with a gold wash finish, and set with almost 100 tiny white stones (crystal?), and six square cut red stones (glass, ruby, bloodstone, garnet???). It measures 2" tall and 1 5/8" wide (longest and widest points).

The wash is worn in the raised front detail areas from use.

The center portion of the modified shield shape is set with 95 (approximately) cut glass or crystal stones. T are 4 missing stones, and several of the remaining ones have darkened. One appears to be chipped, but I was unable to see it clearly. The missing stones are not immediately noticeable due to the detail of the piece.

T are 3 large square cut red stones/glass (garnet, ruby???) on each side of the rounded top half (a total of 6). All stones are still tightly bonded to the insets. One of the "ears" set with small white stones at the top corners is slightly bent - and fragile.

The clip spring works well and holds tightly, with three gripper "teeth" on the back of the clip. The back has most of the gold wash rubbed off from use, with some remaining in the creases/recesses - most of the pot metal/white metal is exposed. The back is marked with a stamped "A1" (or perhaps "IV") on the upper center. T also appears to be a remaining portion of a molded-in name or trademark on the bottom half, but it is impossible to state with any certainty that it is a mark (other than from the molding process) or who the mark belongs to.

Although this clip shows signs of obvious wear, it is still functional and complete (other than the few missing small stones). It could be restored, or perhaps used as a repair piece for others. I have only wiped this with a damp cloth, so it may clean up better. I did not want to risk any damage by cleaning. Any further cleaning is at the discretion of the winning bidder. In spite of it's darkened color and worn condition, it is still stunning, and must have been a real "traffic-stopper" in it's day! Please check out the photos for up close detail.

I am not an expert in this area, and have described this item to the best of my knowledge, and after some research. This clip is from a large personal family estate of items that range from 1840's - 1970's. Information available dates this clip between 1915 - 1930's.

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