Haskell's pride and joy. Her iconic Russian gold tone lion's head figural, recognized and appreciated for it's incredible detail and dimension, continues to be one of her most popular motifs. The set offered, circa 1975 - 1980s includes the marvelous pendant necklace with bilateral milk (white) glass bead chains spaced with tiny faceted gold tone metal beads and wonderful golden spiked pine cone beads. Suspended upon an embossed bail is the majestic lion's head, replete with luxurious mane, upswept whiskers, noble nose, and entrancing eyes. Reverse is finished with Haskell's signature filigree cover plate. Adjustable tension screw / clip back earrings with smaller version of the lion's head, complete the demi.
The necklace is a fixed approximate 23 wearable inches with locking slide clasp, introduced to Haskell jewelry in 1975. The pendant with bail provides an additional 2 1/2 inches. The pendant proper is approximately 2 inches x 1 3/4 inches with an incredible 1 inch profile or height. White glass beads are about 7 millimeters. Pine cone beads are approximately 13 millimeters x 7 millimeters. Adjustable screw back earrings, these the modified types introduced in 1965, are about 7/8 inch across with a 1/2 inch profile. Weight of the necklace and earrings set is approximately 80 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All components intact. All white glass beads free from chips, nicks, cracks or breaks. No stains or discoloration. All gold tone finishes on pine cone beads and lion's head intact, front and back. No rubs, wear through, stains or verdigris. Strands appear secure. Wiring secure. Slide clasp secure. All lions' heads free from dents, improper bends or collapse. Earrings screws / clips strong and secure. All components appear complete and correct. Extremely clean. No damage / no repairs. Excellent vintage.
Slide clasp is signed with the proper patent number and also with the rare "Haskell" script signature rather than block. Reverse of pendant is also signed within an oval cartouche: "MIRIAM HASKELL". Each original earrings clip is signed: "HASKELL". Each earrings is also signed around the solder point circle: "MIRIAM HASKELL". There is also a patent number on the earrings screw pad, consistent with Haskell earrings of this style and period. All pieces properly signed with materials and construction appropriate to vintage.
The lion's share. By Miriam Haskell. Presented with pride. At Cody's.
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