Goldtone vintage Miriam Haskell brooch features long deep green cold enameled leaves and etched metal cones. The elements are hand wired to a pierced metal base, and to three graduated length chains used to give the design drape and dimension. Each of the upper single cones has a small green bead inside, and the lower three-part cones have white beads separating the cones into overlaying levels.
Measuring 4 inches x 3.25 inches.
Unsigned, but identified as a Miriam Haskell design by the construction and findings. Construction identifying traits include the etched goldtone cones with beads inside for shape, and use of these in three levels, and the use of graduated chains for attachment of the leaves and cones. Identifying findings include the cones, the enameled leaves, and the flat pierced metal base.
The leaves show some loss to the enamel, and there is some loss to the gold-tone plating at the attaching point of the metal cones. Please note that the green beads inside the top cones give the appearance of verdigris that is not present, as the green beds are visible where the cones seam together and simply look like verdigris with the green showing through.
The pin back appears on page 74 of Miriam Haskell Jewelry by Cathy Gordon & Sheila Pamfiloff. The authors identify this as one of the known pin mechanisms used to produce unsigned Haskell, circa late 1930s to early 1940s. Their example also uses the graduated chain construction, and other unsigned examples on this page show correct hand wiring of the elements to the pierced base.
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