Jet black beads pair with pearlized glass beads (similar to mother of pearl) in these wonderful '60s vintage pompom style bead cluster dangle clip earrings in a japanned finish from Josef Morton. Creamy white beads are at top while faceted blacks fan out below. Tiny seed beads in complementing colors accent the black faceted beads and round pearlescent beads. Each bead is wired onto an isosceles triangle shaped filigreed back plate faced with a filigreed cover plate.
Josef Morton, nephew of Miriam Haskell, partnered with the legendary, then retired, Frank Hess of Haskell fame to produce jewelry for a very short period of time in the 1960s. Morton's signed work is very limited and examples are rare.
The earrings presented, are approximately 1 3/4 inches x 1 1/4 inches at their widest point with a 5/8 inch height. Cream colored beads are approximately 6 millimeters; faceted jet black glass beads, 8 millimeters. Weight of the earrings pair is 44 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All beads intact with no chips, nicks, cracks or breaks. All wiring secure. Japanned (matte black) finish intact, fronts and backs. Nice patina. No verdigris. Very minor finish wear to clips. Clips strong and secure. Extremely clean. No damage / no repairs. Excellent vintage.
Each original earring clip is signed: "JOSEF MORTON". Circa 1960s.
Be dazzled and be dangled. By Morton. At Cody's.
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