Once in a lifetime rare find! This McClelland Barclay necklace and matching bracelet has gold and silver plated wings, a patriotic necklace featured in a 1941 edition of Mademoiselle magazine and described as follows: "Barclay's newest creations wings of gold and silver plate reach a new high in jewelry designed exclusively for Rice Wiener." This is a book set and can be found in Robert & Carla Brunialti's book entitled "American Costume Jewelry 1935-50 (N-Z) where it received the highest rating, 5 stars.
The bracelet measures 7 inches long by 2 inches wide and features a top wing attached by rivet to the silver plated wing beneath it; the wings are attached by links. It is signed BARCLAY. The necklace repeats the double wing motif with the central portion measuring 7 3/4 inches wide; the chain adds another 11 inches. The necklace is also signed BARCLAY. Please note that at least 6 signatures were used to sign McClelland Barclay's jewelry, including Barclay and Barclay Sterling; also Barclay with the copyright symbol before 1955. The set is in nice condition considering its age; please note there is some wear to the plate on the reverse of the necklace; there is also some wear, much less, on the reverse of the bracelet. See photos for more info or request more pictures.
McClelland Barclay was a Renaissance man who painted, sculpted, designed U.S. postage stamps, magazine covers, U.S. recruitment posters and advertising for everything from chocolates to cars. His Fisher body car ads often incorporated his beautiful wife and made Fisher a household name. He was born in 1891 and was reported MIA in 1942 when his ship was torpedoed in the Pacific. He was serving in the US Naval Reserve as a Lt. Commander where he contributed posters, illustrations and officer portraits for the Navy, among other duties. He designed jewelry for a few years beginning in 1935 which was produced by the company Rice-Wiener.
This is a rare and highly collectible set!
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