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Vintage Dress Clips

About Vintage Dress Clips

This collection of vintage dress clips includes singles and pairs in 1930s Art Deco designs as well as big and bold jewels in the Retro Modern style of the 1940s. First introduced in the early 1930s in fine jewelry, costume jewelry makers joined the bandwagon of this incredibly popular accessory. Women wore one clip at the bottom of a V-neckline as well as on a hat, belt, or purse. In pairs, dress clips perfectly anchored the edges of the square neckline that was prominent in the era. By the 1940s, women were wearing furs around their shoulders, and jewelry makers obliged with the double-prong clip backs needed to hold the furs in place. See also Double Clip Brooches.

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  • Flower dress clip in diamanté & sterling
    Close-up view of blossoms & ribbons
    USD$395.00

    Diamanté & Sterling Flower Dress Clip

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    This flower dress clip has prong-set, large diamanté blossoms complimented with pavé ribbons. Substantial, yet graceful, this sterling silver pin is from the 1940s. Although it is unsigned, the high-quality design and construction as well as the style of this piece make me believe that it came from Eisenberg. It has a hinged, double-prong fastener, which works well with weighty fabrics. This sparkly jewel would really stand out on the lapel or shoulder of a jacket or coat. What a glorious statement!
    USD$395.00
    USD$395.00
  • Eisenberg dress clip in leaf shape with diamante
    Close-up view of top
    USD$445.00

    Diamanté & Sterling Leaf Eisenberg Dress Clip

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    This Eisenberg dress clip from the late-1940s is substantial in weight and size. It has two layers: square-cut diamanté flowers with a pavé stem that sit atop a sterling silver leaf embellished with additional diamanté. The cut-outs on the leaf add a graceful effect. The hinged, double-prong fastener works well with weighty fabrics. You could wear this jewel on the shoulder or lapel of a dress, jacket or coat, and own any room you enter! What a knockout!
    USD$445.00
    USD$445.00
  • Rhinestone dress clip by Marcel Boucher
    Close-up view
    USD$275.00

    Diamanté Baguette & Pavé Ribbon Dress Clip

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    This rhinestone dress clip from the late-1940s features sparkly baguettes and pavé set in rhodium-plated metal, creating a luscious statement piece. Even the underside of the furled upper corner is bejeweled. Marcel Boucher was one of the finest designers in this era, and this piece attests to his talent. Wear it to great effect on a weighty fabric, such as a coat or jacket. Or wear it as a bold pendant on a substantial chain. The third photo shows this clip on a sterling flexible choker from the same decade – scroll down to see it. Note that the stones do not have the yellow tinge suggested by the photos.
    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00
  • Frank Hess dress clip with emerald beads & pavé leaves
    Close-up view of cluster of beads
    USD$195.00

    Emerald Bead & Pavé Leaves Frank Hess Dress Clip

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    This Frank Hess dress clip is a well-known World War II design. It features emerald-glass beads atop and hanging from silver-tone metal leaves inset with diamanté – much like a bunch of grapes. In typical Haskell style, the large beads have metal tips. The components are hand-sewn onto the pierced plastic back, which is finished with a dress clip. This piece is unsigned, but its maker is well documented. Although this lovely dress clip needs to be handled with care, it has retained its original beauty. An elegant addition to your jewelry wardrobe!
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
  • Vintage lapel pin w/emeralds & diamanté in sterling
    Close-up view of emerald stones
    USD$275.00

    Emerald, Diamanté & Sterling Dress Clip

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    This vintage lapel pin is beautiful in design and construction and wearable in many ways. It has faceted emerald-cut and round emerald-glass stones, in sharp contrast to the diamanté and rhodium-plated sterling silver setting. This color combination is rich and versatile. You can wear this jewel on the shoulder or lapel of a jacket, on the shoulder of a dress or sweater, or on a hat or a scarf. The hinged, double-prong fastener works best on weighty fabrics. Although this piece is marked, I cannot identify the maker. The design and use of sterling make me think it’s from the mid-1940s. But I don’t think these details matter – this clip is stunning!
    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00
  • Vintage dress pins with fruit salads and diamanté
    Close-up view of one clip
    USD$275.00

    Gemstone Fruit Salad & Diamanté Dress Clips

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    This pair of vintage dress pins has ruby, sapphire, and emerald acorn-shaped glass stones surrounded by diamanté. Costume jewelry makers adopted this practice of molding colored glass in the shapes of leaves or fruits to imitate Indian-carved gemstones used in fine jewelry. Firms such as Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels popularized these fruit salads or tutti frutti in Art Deco pieces. The trio of rubies, sapphires, and emeralds was a favorite combination. The setting of these classic 1930s dress clips is rhodium-plated base metal. Notice the photo showing one clip worn as a pendant on a sterling silver chain (which is not included), to illustrate the versatility of this type of jewel. You probably have a silver or white-gold necklace that would work as well. The utility patent for the dress clip mechanism is here, shown below the name of Anthony E. Waller.
    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00
  • Leaf lapel pin with berries in gold-plated sterling
    Close-up view of layered design
    USD$275.00

    Vermeil Sterling Leaf Dress Clip by Nettie Rosenstein

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    This leaf lapel pin is a substantial piece by New York fashion designer Nettie Rosenstein. A layer of berries is attached to stylized, openwork leaves, creating a three-dimensional effect. Made of gold-plated sterling silver in the 1940s, this dress clip has a hinged, double-prong back. This decorative, high-quality pin looks great on the shoulder or lapel of a dress, jacket, or coat – the fabric just needs to be weightier to support the jewel. No wonder this maker’s jewelry is highly-prized!
    USD$275.00
    USD$275.00