Similar to design patent D123,200, issued to William W. Hobé in 1940
In my opinion, Hobé made the best sterling silver flowers in the 1930s-1940s, and the large flower at the center of this 1940s brooch illustrates his extraordinary talent. The center is embellished with surrounding sterling buds. Pieces by this maker were all hand-made at this time. This one has an unusual design. Scroll down to see a selection of his sterling silver bracelets.
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.
This stunning three-dimensional 1950s brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli features clusters of onyx crystal beads atop clear aurora borealis (AB) and onyx rhinestones. The AB navettes reflect spectacular colors and give this piece so much life, which is hard to capture in photos. The setting is silver-tone metal with a roll-over safety clasp. If red is your color, scroll down to see the same brooch in fiery red.
This Art Deco brooch is fashioned from a half-dome of green plastic (which may be Galalith, the French equivalent of Bakelite) embellished with diamanté. This versatile brooch is a fun piece to wear and is probably European in origin. I love the mix of materials!
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.
A superbly detailed gold-plated leaf with an overlay of citrine glass stone flowers atop pavé silver-tone stems form this lovely example of 1950stailored jewelry by Schiaparelli. This brooch has elaborate, layered construction and a roll-over safety clasp. I'm not sure which way it was intended to be worn, so I'm showing both orientations in the photos – take a look and decide which you prefer.