Vintage 1940s vase-shaped goldplated fur clip from Monet is a functional tussie mussie or posy holder.
Charming in its simplicity, the vase’s only surface decoration is a wavy collar around the neck, which opens into the domed base so that a flower stem may be inserted (photo #9).
The front of the piece has a shiny finish, while the back is matte, leading me to suspect the base metal is brass. Mark is the “MONET” all-capitals signature.
Monet was founded in Providence, RI in 1937 by brothers Michael and Joseph Chernow; it grew out of Monocraft, their 1920s/30s metal monogram business, in response to the popularity of the monogram jewelry items they had introduced in the mid-1930s. A similar piece—a functional (standing) vase brooch, in sterling—was patented in 1942 (#132,531); this piece likely dates from close to that time.
Measuring 1 7/8” in height by 1 3/8” across, this fur clip is in very good condition, bright and shiny, with the clip mechanism secure. Issues are superficial scratching, visible through a loupe, and darkening/wear to the inside of the vase, which has presumably been exposed to moisture from the flower stems held in it.
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