Hattie Carnegie was a fashion entrepreneur based in New York City from the 1920's to the 1960s. Born in Vienna, Austria she was the second oldest of seven children.
Her company was a pioneer of the ready-to-wear lines for the high-end market. She introduced the "head-to-hem" boutique concept that paved the way for the future success of many other designers in America.
Hattie's colorful clothing and ultra-chic costume jewelry, even today, are greatly sought after by fashion and jewelry collectors.
One of the many reasons we love Hattie Carnegie jewelry it is was only made in an era. Once the operation was over, it was over.
They did not continue or transition into another company or continue to make the same designs in contemporary times.
Her pieces are truly vintage and will only continue to increase in collectibility and value.
This is a fabulous vintage brooch from Hattie Carnegie in opulent gold-colored brass.
It features wonderfully carved detail and is comprised of three applied layers, giving it exquisite depth.
The center design is a high relief rendering of a Roman soldier in profile; this is encircled by a frame of Celtic scroll work.
The bottom-most layer boasts a motif of crowns and shields carved in intricate detail.
The reverse of the brooch includes the traditional roll over safety clasp as well as a loop; this allows the piece to be strung on a chain and worn as a pendant.
Finally, an oblong placard impressed with the maker's mark, "Hattie Carnegie", is affixed to the back.
One of the surrounding shields on the lower left side is missing its top piece, though it is a clean break; the brooch remains in otherwise good vintage condition.
This is a timeless and classic style. It looks amazing when worn. It is big and bold, (not too big, so you don't look like Mr. Big) and it is clearly a statement piece.
This looks great on a chain and worn with other long gold tone chains.
Use matching chain bracelets or a bold, golden cuff. Fabulous!
2 3/8" tall, 2 ¼" wide, ½" deep to back of pin
Weight: 31 grams (1.10 oz)
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