This is a beautiful pair of late Victorian enamel and gold tone dress clips. The black enamel against the textured and engraved gold tone metal gives them an elegant look. These must be among some of the earliest dress clips. Although dress clips were worn from late Victorian times until the 1940s, they were most popular from the 20s into the early 40s.
These ribbon clips are just what it sounds like. The clips are made to look like a single piece of ribbon, folded over. The ends of the ribbon have been neatly "clipped" to form a "V." The ribbon is edged with black enamel. The metal of the ribbon is textured. Down the center of the ribbon is an engraved design of ovals, each of which contains a single flower. These oval are separated by a geometric design. The design has been further enhanced by the use of very delicate lines of black enamel.
The condition of these clips is really excellent for their age. The clip mechanism on both clips is in good working order. They have not been repaired or replaced. There is some loss of enamel which is difficult to see with the naked eye because of the delicacy of the lines, but it is visible in the photos. One dress clip, the one on the right, shows more wear than the other. It has finish loss on the clip and the hinge mechanism is slightly looser.
Each clip measures 2" high by approximately 1-1/4" wide.
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