The Neapolitan Princes, Otto, Frank and Jack Pennino created exquisite costume jewelry in New York City from circa 1926-1966. Fine jewelry production was in their genes and their foray into costume adopted the same exacting techniques. The company's jewels are easily identified -- classically designed with precisely arranged stones, often in heavy sterling silver vermeil settings. If it looks precious it's Pennino.
The gold over sterling floral spray brooch presented, circa 1940s, features three five petal blossoms, each set with an oval cut, unfoiled and open backed pinkish ruby colored glass stone. Sterling petal edges curl over each stone, serving both a decorative and functional purpose. Rosettes of clear rhinestones centered with a ruby red chaton accent centers of each blossom. Sweeping stylized foliage forms the base.
The brooch measures a generous approximate 3 1/2 inches x 2 3/8 inches at it's widest point with a 1/2 inch profile or height. Oval stones are about 8 millimeters, rosette chatons, 3 millimeters. Weight of the brooch is a substantial 48 grams.
Condition is very good to excellent vintage. All components original and intact. All glass stones free from chips, nicks, cracks or breaks. Wonderful Siam ruby colored oval stones. Some of the clear stones have dimmed a bit but still present nicely. No dents, improper bends or crush to sterling. Some of the gold wash has worn over the years to reveal the sterling silver base. No polishing has been done so the wear appears to be a result of decades of devotion. Pin mechanism secure -- shaft has slight bends not affecting function. Clean. No damage / no repairs. Very good to excellent vintage.
Reverse of the brooch is signed: "PENNINO" and "STERLING". Circa 1940s.
Pennino. The princes of perfection. At Cody's.
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