Marcel Boucher was born in France and came to New York City in the 1930's. Opening his own jewelry business in 1937, it operated until 1971. This fantastic brooch, circa 1937 - 1949, is two curled sterling silver ribbons with gold vermeil on one side. The outer ribbon is adorned with 14 prong-set sapphire blue baguette rhinestones. The brooch measures 2 1/2" in length and 1 1/2" in width. Marked "MB" for Marcel Boucher and the "Phrygian" cap, which is an ancient helmet and the symbol of the French revolution. Some collectors call this the "bird mark" or the "chicken mark". The piece is also stamped "Sterling". Pictured on page 40 in "Signed Beauties of Costume Jewelry" by Marcia Brown. The brooch pictured in the book carries a later marking. This piece is in near mint condition and the most sought after of Boucher pieces.
Item ID: RL0001210
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