An Alfred Phillipe design, this beautiful early 1950s Crown Trifari goldtone brooch depicts a long-tailed bird in flight, its streaming tail and arched wings defined by clear baguette rhinestones, while a tiny ruby cabochon marks its eye.
The pinstem reaches artfully from near the tip of one wing to the middle of the tail, raising interesting possibilities for positioning the brooch; my preference is for the pinstem to be secured on the diagonal, which gives a nice vertical sweep to the piece.
Measuring 3" by 2", the brooch is stamped "Trifari" with crown on the back, as well as "Des Pat No 159,923". Alfred Philippe filed his design patent for this brooch on April 28, 1950 and was granted it in August that year. As Julia Carroll shows on page of her book "Costume Jewelry 202", the brooch (which was made in more than one size) had matching earrings.
This lovely piece is in excellent condition, with a touch of age related wear to the back, visible through a loupe. Two of the baguettes have been professionally replaced (many thanks to Linn of Linn's Collection here on Ruby Lane for her assistance with the restoning).
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