Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a mid Century modern Otto R. Bade ("Orb") sterling silver brooch c. 1960. The modernistic piece has two layers of brushed silver on two triangular shaped layers. Each layer has bezel or rounded corners. The smaller triangle on top is 5/8" wide X 1-1/4" tall (maximum dimensions) superimposed over the larger triangle of 1-1/4" wide X 1-7/8" tall (maximum dimensions). There is a slight "shadow" where the smaller piece sits where the metal has been oxidized for effect. The silver on both pieces has a soft, brushed texture. The back has a safety closure. The brooch is marked "Orb" + "Sterling". It weighs 12.6 grams.
Otto R. Bade (Orb) was a self-taught silversmith. He went to work for Francisco (Frank) Rebajes in Greenwich Village, New York in the 1940's and helped him design methods of mass producing the Rebajes studio pieces. Frank had always wanted to provide mass produced, reasonably priced and wearable art. In 1958, Otto left Rebajes Wearable Art and started his own company, "Orb Originals". Frank Rebajes sold his company to "Orb" in 1960. This business was a success. The company moved to Pennsylvania in 1981 and changed the name to "Orb Silversmiths". His earlier work is abstract , while later piece were more whimsical.
The silver content of this piece has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing. The piece is marked "Sterling". This piece has not been over polished and still retains its original brushed texture finish.
Modernistic "ORB" Mid Century Brooch c. 1960