Walter Lampl Company was a wholesale jewelry company which created bold and highly individualistic jewelry in a variety of materials, from karat gold and sterling silver to base metal with gold plating, frequently using semiprecious gemstones in their silver and plated jewelry. They were also a major manufacturer of charms. Their motto was, "Creators of the Unusual, As Usual." The company was begun in 1921 by Walter Lampl. Based in New York, the company continued under his leadership until his premature death in 1945. His wife, Sylvia Lampl, inherited the company, which was then managed by his oldest son, Walter, Jr. until the company went out of business in 1959.
This fabulous demi-parure, circa mid 1930's-mid-1940's, consists of a huge figural dragonfly brooch and accompanying clip-style earrings. The workmanship, design and enamel work is the best. The wings are shades of medium blue and gray-blue with edges tinged with white. The bodies, legs and pinchers are an iridescent blue that resembles Tiffany and Steuben art glass of the early 1900's. The huge red iridescent. white and black eyes jump out and grab your attention. The brooch measures 2 3/4" in length, 3 1/2" in width with safety clasp mechanism. It is quite heavy, which I think is gold plated sterling silver, though it is not marked. The matching clip-style earrings measure 1" in length and 1 1/4" in width. I think they are sterling silver, though not marked. Both earrings are stamped "WL within a shield", the brooch is not stamped. Wonderful vintage condition with only a few very tiny enamel flakes along the edges of the wings. You will find no finer example of "Lampl" jewelry.
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