Patent number 150447 was granted for Alfred Philippe in 1948 for Trifari's rhinestone leaf fur clip / brooch. The drawing can be seen on page 223 of Julia C. Carroll's "Collecting Costume Jewelry 202". The clip is unusual since few of these "combo" pieces were made that included both fur clip mechanisms as well as locking wheels to secure one prong of the clip as a brooch. In Trifari's signature burnished gold tone finish of the period, the pin / clip's web like leaf design is set with clear chaton rhinestones and tiny pave set accent rhinestone along it's vein / stem. Constructed to pierce heavy skins, the clips are part of fashion history when furs were de rigueur for the well appointed. They remain viable for use on heavy fabrics, as well as faux and genuine furs. For even more versatility, the clip offered does double duty as a brooch. Form and function. Trifari knew jewels inside out.
The clip / pin measures about 2 1/4 inches x 1 9/16 inches at it's widest with a 3/16 inch profile. Larger, peripheral chaton rhinestones are approximately 2 millimeters. Weight of the pin / clip is about 16 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All components intact. All rhinestones intact. All larger rhinestones clear and brilliant. Some of the tiny accent vein stones have dimmed, commensurate with age. Burnished gold tone finish intact, with age appropriate patina and slight finish wear to high points. No dents or improper bends. Prongs remain sharp with tight, secure snap shut fur clip mechanism. Brooch locking wheel performs as designed. Clean. No damage / no repairs.
Clip mechanism is signed: "TRIFARI". Reverse of pin / clip body is stamped: "PAT. PEND.". Design, materials, construction, signature, as well as corresponding references date this piece to 1948.
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