A fabulous French vintage scarf clip showing a delicate long insect on a detailed variegated leaf. The insect somewhat resembles a cicada and may be of the same species but is more delicate and long. It is depicted so realistically and beautifully that you think you see its wings and antennae moving as you look at it. The insect is highly detailed down to the fibers on its legs and the leaf is beautifully veined. It is gilt over brass and its golden gilt coating is in perfect condition. It has a ring on the back in plain non gilded brass that is slightly tarnished. The clip is marked with a French patent disclosure that reads Brevete SGDG, which means patented and SGDG means without the guarantee of the government, which is meant to release the government from responsibility in the event that the item does not work as it is supposed to. This is a mark found on and associated with early items and dating as far back as the early 1800's at least, but I have been unable to find the year that it stopped being used. The ring opens well and closes with a snap. It measures 1 3/4" long by 1 1/2" wide and weighs 14.5 grams.