Trifari, in solidarity with other jewelry makers, rationed the use of metals during the war years in the '40s. Consequently, some of the company's most desirable pieces, crafted in sterling silver from about 1942-1947 have become major Trifari successes. Designs, materials and workmanship during this time were some of the firm's best. All sorts of animals, insects, birds and bugs, as well as botanicals were worked in sterling, set with the highest quality rhinestones, art glass stones and cabs, Lucite and occasionally embellished in rich enamels.
The sterling silver brooch presented, (patent number 147376 granted in 1947) features sweeping plumes, feathers or fronds of variously sized rhinestones gathered with rhinestone bands / ribbon near base. It measures about 2 inches x 1 3/8 inches at it's widest point with a maximum 1/2 inch profile or height. Largest chatons are approximately 4 millimeters. Weight of the brooch is 18 grams.
Condition is very good / excellent vintage. All components intact. All rhinestones intact. As with most Trifari sterling pieces set with rhinestones from this time, there is some age related compromise to stones -- they may be a bit dim, not sparkling as new. There are no distracting dark or cloudy stones. The brooch continues to make a stellar presentation. All silver framework free from dents, bends, crush or collapse. No polishing or abrasive cleaning has been done. Pin mechanism strong and secure. Clean. No damage / no repairs. Very good to excellent vintage.
The brooch is signed on reverse: "STERLING" "PAT. PEND." and "TRIFARI" Circa 1947.
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Alfred Philippe Trifari Sterling Silver Rhinestone Plume Brooch Pin