These versatile Dress/Fur clips, which when joined by a Duette style frame, became a Brooch, were all the rage in the late 1920's and 30's. But like the marcasites they are encrusted in, they dropped out of favour in the late 1940's.
They have dropped right back in fashion again.
These probably originated in England in the early 30's, but were bought by me here in Australia.
Unlike most I see advertised, that are decorated with Diamantes or Rhinestones, these are unusually, set with Marcasites.
The frame and clip section are silvertone metal while the actual clips appear to be silver but are unmarked. There is so much detail on the back of the clips it is very hard to discern anything.
Each clip is 1" x 1" and the complete Brooch measures 2" x 1"
They are in terrific Vintage condition. There is a small amount of silvertone loss on the back of the frame but I can see no Marcasite loss on the fronts.
They did lose favour in the 1940's but they are very popular again now judging by the number of websites dedicated to cataloging them.
These are extremely pretty and very versatile. Making not only a Brooch to be worn on the lapel or beret but also converting to 2 individual clips to highlight the low cut front of a dress, fur collar or even as an adornment on an evening bag or shoes.
Every Brooch collection should include an example of this unique style
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