Caroline’s Jewelry with a Past is offering a mid-century modern sterling silver brooch by Noble Smith c. 1960. This brooch is in the form of a stylized philodendron leaf. It has a rounded rib running down the center. Overall, the brooch is lightly hand hammered. It is 3" overall in length X 1" wide (maximum dimensions). It has a safety clasp. The piece is marked "Noble Smith" + "Sterling". It weighs 11.5 grams.
Noble Smith, whose name is actually Shirley Smith was a student of the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts (SMFA) which is now part of Tufts University. She was a studio jeweler and active in the 1960's. Not much is known about her life, but her jewelry is highly representative of simple modernism during the mid 20th. century, a repudiation of Victorian ornateness, Art Nouveau fussiness and Art Deco rigidity.
The silver content of this piece has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing. The earrings are marked “Sterling”.
When you own vintage jewelry, you wear a design that is unique and represents the artist’s vision. It is made by a skilled craftsman and can have features which are only found in this piece. The jewelry may exhibits marks of the craftsman. It will not be perfect. The jewelry will show age appropriate tarnish, unless we state otherwise.
Creative MCM Noble Smith Leaf Brooch c. 1960