"Hobé STERLING" inscribed on a triangular cartouche
Similar to two designs patented by William W. Hobé: D123,266 (1940) and D133,028 (1942)
Sterling silver flowers and leaves are applied to an oval base, with the result of lovely textures and depth in this 1940s brooch by Hobé. Even the back shows the meticulous workmanship that went into the crafting of this piece. This brooch has a roll-over safety clasp. Scroll down to see this maker’s bracelets that also have a floral motif.
This sterling silver bracelet with floral basket links has a hidden tongue-in-groove clasp and safety chain. The intricate flowers have layers of petals, and the back clearly shows the detailed design and handcrafted workmanship Hobé is known for. You could wear this beautiful bracelet with any of my Hobé brooches with a floral motif – scroll down to see a selection.
Panels of flowers and leaves joined with decorative links, all in sterling silver, form this 1940s bracelet. As in all of Hobé's work in this era, this piece was hand-made. It closes with a hidden tongue-in-groove clasp. This bracelet is longer than most from this period. You could wear this beautiful piece with any of my Hobé brooches with a floral motif – scroll down to see a selection.
Three deep citrine-colored prong-set glass-stone calla lilies are tied in a matching accented bow in this 1940s Retro Modern brooch. The setting has a rose-gold wash over sterling silver, with a roll-over safety catch. Until I saw the drawing on the design patent (see the last photo), I thought the brooch should be worn the other way around, so the flowers look as though they're reaching for the sky! I've positioned this piece in that direction in the third photo. This lovely Adolph Katz design for Coro's high-end line, Corocraft, was also made in multi-colored stones – scroll down to see it.
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.
Rays of emerald rhinestone baguettes emanating from a pavé center are joined by clear rhinestones in this 1950s sunburst brooch by Hattie Carnegie. The setting is rhodium plated with a roll-over safety clasp. The design is classic! In fact, Hattie made a pair of earrings with the same motif a few years later. Scroll down to see them and a bracelet by another maker that looks great with this brooch.
A large oval faceted golden topaz glass stone is surrounded by citrine and white-striped diamanté and layers of darker citrine leaves in this 1950s brooch by Hattie Carnegie. It is another three-dimensional example of her quality and ingenuity. The gold-plated metal setting has a roll-over safety clasp.