The 1940s brought us a new look -- a movement full or exuberance and hope. Jewelry was big and bold, often crafted in sterling silver or sterling vermeil (gold over sterling). Stone embellishments tended to be spare allowing the metal to shine in the spotlight. Stylized floral motifs were popular featuring bulbous buds, curvaceous petals and sinuous stems. The example presented, in lustrous sterling vermeil offers all the energy of the age plus a splash of red rhinestones at center and tip of shoot.
The brooch measures approximately 3 inches x 2 1/4 inches at it's widest point with a 3/8 inch profile or height. Center dentelle faceted chaton is 8 millimeters; peripheral chatons, about 5 millimeters. Weight of the brooch is 24 grams.
Condition Is excellent vintage. All component original and intact. All stones intact retaining rich red color and sparkle. All vermeil finish intact with very minimal wear commensurate with age. All metal components free from dents, improper bends, crush or collapse. Pin mechanism secure. Pin shaft has slight bend, not affecting function. Center rivet secure. Extremely clean. Polishing is left to the buyer's discretion. No damage / no repairs. Excellent vintage.
The brooch is signed on reverse of petal nearest hinge end of pin mechanism: "STERLING". Circa 1940s.
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