Whatever your cause wear your ribbons robustly. Wonderful, large '60s-'70s vintage bow with trailing ribbons brooch features gold tone roped edging, pink enameling and spectacular unfoilied and open backed translucent round and oval red glass cabochons. Castlecliff quality is excellent with pronged glass stones, substantial metal settings, and lustrous enamel highlights.
Castlecliff, sometimes signed Castlemark, was in business from about 1918-1977. The Castlecliff mark was first used in 1941. In later years the company became part of Carnegie Industries and subsequently Lucien Piccard. One of it's brightest stars was, of course, Larry Vrba, Miriam Haskell's head designer from 1973-1981. He tenure at Castlecliff in the early '70s yielded a successful line of pre-Columbian inspired jewelry. Castlecliff's designs tend to be bold and quite beautiful in their straight forward style and simplicity.
The brooch presented measures a generous 3 1/2 inches x 2 1/4 inches at it's widest point with a 1/2 inch profile or height. Oval and round cabs are approximately 8 millimeters and 10 millimeters. Weight of the brooch is a hefty 44 grams.
Condition is excellent / near pristine vintage. All components original and intact. All stones intact and securely pronged with no chips, nicks, cracks or breaks. Outstanding red color and translucence. No dents or improper bends to metal components. All pink enamel intact and lustrous with no rubs or scratches. All gold tone finish intact, front and back. Pin mechanism strong and secure. Extremely clean. No damage / no repairs. Spectacular presentation. Near pristine vintage.
Reverse of the brooch is signed within a rectangular cartouche: "CASTLECLIFF" copyright symbol preceding. Circa 1960s-1970s.
Keeping up appearances with Castlecliff. The bowld and the beautiful. From Cody's.
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