Here is a really lovely and interesting dragonfly, butterfly, or perhaps moth ready to fly and adorn your outfit! This unusual brooch has a patent issued in 1936 on the mechanism that pinches open and closed by a spring, much like a mini fur clip of that era. If you are interested, you can look up Patent 2026934 by Ralph de Rosa issued on Jan. 7, 1936. Our dragonfly is done in gold-filled rose gold with double wings, and his body is covered with tiny sparkling clear round rhinestones, and his head is one oval red rhinestone. His wing span is 1 3/4" and he is 1 1/2" tall. The back is hallmarked 1/20 GF and signed C R Co for the Reis Co. Inc of Indianapolis, Indiana which was in business from 1919 until 1972 when it became Reis-Nichols, Inc.
Our insect is in excellent condition with no wear on the front, no missing or dead stones. The back has no obvious wear either, but the wings are a bit cloudy from age as many of us are:)
Gold-filled wears, looks and lasts like solid gold because its outer surface is solid gold and much heavier by law than gold plated jewelry. In the jewelry industry the quantity of gold must be at least 1/20th by weight of the total piece, so it is much higher quality and was always more expensive.