1936-1937 (based on use of "KTF" as maker's mark, 1925-1937, and issue of first fruit salad series, 1936-1937, according to Brunialti)
"CLIP-MATES" and "KTF" (barely visible on one clip back) and "45" (stone-setter's mark)
Utility patent # 2,050,804 (for clip mechanism) issued to Alfred Philippe in 1936
This Alfred Philippe design with ruby, sapphire and emerald fruit salads (molded glass) and diamanté accents is one example of Trifari’sClip-Mates, their answer to Coro’sDuette. This piece can be worn as a brooch or as separate dress clips. The influence of Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels on Philippe is evident in the fruit salad lines he designed for Trifari in the mid-1930s and early 1940s. The setting of this special piece is rhodium-plated metal, and the brooch has a roll-over safety clasp. You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below Trifari’s name.
Faceted oval ruby-glass flowers are surrounded by diamanté leaves in a diamanté trimmed basket in this rhodium-plated sterling silver 1940s brooch by Trifari. The feel is Retro (in terms of Victorian Revival), but the design is a classic. I have two other brooches in this design: one with aquamarines, the other with amethysts – scroll down to see them. All three are from my personal collection.
This diamanté and sterling silver Duette, Coro's name for their double-clip brooch was designed as part of the Platina line by Adoph Katz for Coro Craft, Coro's high-end pieces. You can wear this Duette as a brooch or as separate fur clips. The brooch mechanism closes with a roll-over safety clasp. This piece was advertised along with the complete Platina line in a 1940s fashion magazine.
Faceted oval amethyst-glass flowers are surrounded by diamanté leaves in a diamanté-trimmed basket in this rhodium-plated sterling silver 1940s brooch by Trifari. This classic piece has a Victorian Revival feel that makes it timeless. I have two other brooches in this design: one with rubies, the other with aquamarines – scroll down to see them. All three pieces are from my personal collection.
Ruby glass beads wired in a spiral are adorned with channels of diamanté and topped with a large ruby bead. Frank Hess designed a nearly identical dress clip for Miriam Haskell circa 1940, but with diamanté only on the front. This brooch has them on both sides and closes with a trombone clasp on a filigree back.