This stunning bib necklace is dripping with nine clusters of turquoise glass beads. Even the elaborate brass chain is a piece of art.
This substantial, weighty piece of unsigned early Miriam Haskell dates from the '30s - '40s. As is well-documented, Haskell pieces from this era were almost never signed. (Collectors Weekly estimates that less than 1% of Haskell's pre-1950s output was signed.) Attribution is based on the following elements that are typical of Haskell necklaces from this period: the use of turquoise glass beads, bold brass chains, and a distinctive "thumbless" spring ring clasp (described in the valuable resource book Miriam Haskell Jewelry by Gordon and Pamfiloff).
The chain is 15.5 inches long and the center dangle is 3 inches long.
I would rate this necklace as being in excellent vintage condition. The chain is sturdy and I see no sign of verdigris. All beads appear to be present and original. Undamaged pieces from the early Haskell era are getting harder to find, so previous owners must have loved and cared for this necklace as I have.