Super rare Trifari duette clip mates brooch features light blue shoe button glass stones along with clear pave' set rhinestones.
Nowhere to be found on the internet at this time, only one piece is pictured in this exact design which is a fur clip. That is where I found it is called "Garden Party"
Designed by Alfred philippe
Patent dates it to 1936
Measures 3" across
Clips when separated measure 1~1/2" x 1~1/8"
Silver rhodium plated
Marked all over as follows:
PAT. NO 205080
I believe the number 29 notes this exact design and others as there were several similar duettes with the same patent number showing in the design patent photos. However, none were of this design
I believe the number 15 is the stone setters' mark, like how stone setters stamped Eisenberg pieces during that time period
Stunning beautiful piece!
Very good condition vintage with all stones present.
Especially amazing is that all of the shoe button glass stones are excellent!
All of their tiny, center, blue, flat back, accent stones are also present
Condition specifics :
Some of the clear pave' stones have darkened a bit. 2 pave' stones on the outer edge of the piece are black now, 1 other is very dark but not completely black
Silver rhodium plating on the clip back itself is intact. The clip mechanisms themselves seem to not have been rhodium plated. They show some light wear to the finish and light scratches. Not all that noticeable unless looking closely.
When viewing this duette normally it looks fabulous and these issues are minimal
This issues do not detract from the piece (in my opinion). This is typically seen in these Art Deco pieces
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