Dress clip / brooch duettes became extremely popular in the 1930s and remained an accessories staple until the '50s. Coro introduced the duette, Trifari followed with it's Clip-Mates, and other companies followed suit with their rendition of the mechanism. Such is the case with this wonderful Deco / Moderne transitional rhinestone combo. It utilizes the basic idea with simple slide apart clips and brooch framework.
It was the late '30s-early '40s and dawn was breaking on the Moderne movement, evidenced here by the fluted volutes and arched columns terminating in fat baguettes. A hint of Deco remained yet the presentation was more voluminous. Baguettes and chaton shared the stage with more exuberance and substance. It was only a hint of what was to come...
Assembled as a brooch the piece measures approximately 2 7/8 inches x 1 3/8 inches at it's widest. Each dress clip is about 1 7/16 inches x 1 3/8 inch at it's widest point. Wide baguettes measure approximately 6 millimeters x 4 millimeters-- standard baguettes, about 4 millimeters x 2 millimeters. Weight of the assembled piece is approximately 28 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All components / rhinestones intact. Rhinestones remain vintage brilliant. No damaged, distracting or dead stones. Silver tone finish intact, front and back. Clips slide easily and securely on brooch framework tracks, remaining firmly in place, properly aligned with no slippage. Dress clip mechanisms strong and secure with tight, snap shut closure. Pin framework retains even surface with no dents or improper bends. Shaft is straight. Locking wheel secure. All soldering neat and secure. Clean. Minimal wear / aging. Excellent vintage.
The 1940's vintage combo is not signed. Nicely made. Presents beautifully.
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