Vintage 1960s Whiting & Davis goldtone filigree and glass intaglio parure consisting of a hinged bangle bracelet, pendant necklace, and clip earrings evokes late Victorian jewelry with its intricate metalwork and nostalgic young woman-in-profile motif.
All three intaglios, in open-backed "pie crust" settings, are surrounded by lacy filigree, and the back and sides of the clamper are stamped with the kinds of designs you'd expect to see engraved in a late Victorian bangle. The clear, oval glass intaglios are faceted around the edges for added sparkle.
Since the Whiting & Davis company evolved, in the 1890s, from a mid-Victorian manufacturer of fine jewelry (Wade, Davis & Company), it seems very fitting for their costume jewelry heyday in the mid-twentieth century to have been characterized by high caliber workmanship and a tendency toward Victorian Revival style. And, since company co-founder Edward Davis worked on two patents (in 1878 and 1903) for hinged bangle bracelets with tongue-in-groove clasps, how delightful for the parure being offered here to contain a "modern" version of exactly that item!
Measuring 2 ¼" x 1 ¾", the pendant hangs from an 18" chain with metal hangtag stamped "Whiting Davis" attached to the box clasp closure. 1" earrings are stamped "Whiting & Davis Co." on the clipbacks, and the underside of the clip finding is stamped "Pat 156452" (a 1949 patent for the ear clip finding invented by Frederick Moulson for the Ballou Company). The bracelet, which is 1 ¼" wide in the front center and just under ½' in back, with a 7" inner circumference, is stamped inside the bracelet with the full company logo: "Whiting & Davis Co. Mesh Bags".
Excellent condition, with the metal finish bright and shiny and no scratches or cracks to the intaglios. Only issue is that the safety chain to the clamper is missing, though the loops to connect it are still present.
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