By leaps and bounds. A wonderful '40-'50s vintage frog figural fur clip in both silver tone and gold tone is set with a magnificent specialty faceted art glass stone (unfoiled and open backed) in aqua blue. The stone is precisely integrated into the frog's body, as professionally set as fine. Ready to leap at any moment, the frog's outstretch, webbed appendages sparkle with clear chaton rhinestones -- his bugged eyes capturing every move. Originally designed as a double pronged fur clip, the piece can also be easily attached to jackets, hats, sashes, sweaters or any heavier weight fabric.
The clip measures approximately 1 7/8 inches x 1 1/2 inches with a maximum 7/8 inch profile or height. Because the blue stone is partially encased by the setting, it is very difficult to determine size -- approximately 28 millimeters x 13 millimeters. Weight of the clip is 24 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All components intact. All rhinestones intact and sparkly. Light aging of a few stones. Silver tone and gold tone finishes intact, with minor gold tone wear to some contact points. No dents, improper bends, crush or collapse to metal components. Aqua blue faceted stone free from chips, nicks, scratches cracks or breaks. Crisp facets free from feathering. Fur clip mechanism retains tight snap shut closure. Prongs straight and sharp. Additional short guide / guard prongs remain undamaged at bottom. No damage / no repairs. Extremely clean. Excellent vintage.
The sole mark we could locate on the reverse of one of the frog's appendages is either the capital letter "I" , Roman numeral "I" or capital letter "H". It is perhaps the stone setter's identification mark. Quality is among the best and the clip is the obvious work of a respected maker. Circa 1940s-1950s.
Make your leap of faith to vintage. Follow the frog. Croaking at Cody's.
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