Even after dealing in vintage jewelry for many years, we're still surprised and impressed by some obscure makers of rare costume jewelry. Case in point...this 1940s Mosell demi-parure featuring roosters.
There's a heavily gold-plated pin with a raised rooster in the center of the round 'frame'. The background is hand-painted ivorytone. The pin measures 2 inches across. The matching clip-back earrings are smaller versions of the pin at 1 inch across.
Frederick Mosell migrated from Paris to start the Frederick Mosell Jewelry Co. in New York in 1940. His designs were unusual, running the gamut from novelty pieces to incredible complex runway worthy creations. Jewelry pieces by Mosell are hard to find and are noted in jewelry guides as 'very hot'.
The pin is unmarked but each earring is clearly marked MOSELL N.Y. The pin has a secure rollover clasp and the earring clips are secure. The set shows normal age wear, mostly to gold edges and the earring roosters. Overall, this set is still in very good condition. If you're the kind of jewelry collector who appreciates the more obscure unusual pieces/makers, Frederick Mosell is your man and these are your roosters. Mosell stopped production in 1980.
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