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Vintage Dress & Fur Clips

This collection of vintage dress clips includes singles and pairs in 1930s Art Deco designs as well as big and bold fur clips 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 fur clips needed to hold the furs in place. See also Double-clip Brooches.

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  • Trifari fur clip with chalcedony and moonstone fruit salads
    Close-up view of center of maple leaf clip
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    Chalcedony & Moonstone Fruit Salad 1940s Trifari Fur Clip

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    This Trifari fur clip is a 1941 Alfred Philippe design. It features fruit salads in translucent chalcedony and moonstone, surrounded by diamanté in a rhodium-plated setting. This graceful, beautifully-detailed piece is shaped like a maple leaf. You can wear it like a brooch or as a pendant. The last photo shows this piece attached to a white gold necklace (which is not included with the clip) – I wanted you to see how lovely this combination looks.
    USD$295.00
    USD$295.00
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    Diamanté & Sterling 1940s Fur Clip

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    Prong-set, large diamanté flowers are complemented with pavé ribbons in this substantial, yet graceful sterling silver 1940s fur clip.  Although it is unsigned, the high-quality design and construction as well as the style of the piece makes me believe that it came from Eisenberg.  The mechanism is a fur clip.  This piece would really stand out on the lapel or shoulder of a jacket or coat.  What a glorious statement!
    USD$350.00
    USD$350.00
  • Eisenberg fur clip in leaf shape with diamante
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    USD$395.00
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    Diamanté & Sterling Leaf 1940s Eisenberg Fur Clip

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    This Eisenberg fur 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. 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$395.00
    USD$395.00
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    Diamanté 1930s Dress Clips

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    This pair of triangular-shaped Art Deco dress clips is beautifully embellished with baguettes, round diamanté, and a center marquis-shaped stone, all set in rhodium-plated base metal. The cut-outs enhance the intricate design. In addition to wearing one or both clips as intended, you can also wear one as a pendant. The last photo shows it on a black rubber cord; you may prefer to use a white gold or silver chain. A 17-inch, 2mm black rubber cord with a stainless steel twist lock (which is shown in the photo) is included with this purchase. Although these clips are marked with a utility patent number, it is unreadable. Quite a mystery! Scroll down to see a selection of coordinating bracelets. Or complete your look with your faux or real diamond stud earrings.
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
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    Diamanté Baguette & Pavé Ribbon 1940s Fur Clip by Marcel Boucher

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    This luscious fur clip features clear baguettes and pavé set in rhodium-plated metal. Even the underside of the furled upper corner is bejeweled. Marcel Boucher was one of the finest designers in this era. This piece attests to his talent. Wear it to great effect on a coat or jacket. Note that the stones do not have the yellow tinge suggested by the photos.
    USD$225.00
    USD$225.00
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    Emerald Bead & Pavé Leaves 1940s Dress Clip by Miriam Haskell

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    This well-known Frank Hess World War II design features a bunch of emerald glass beads atop and hanging from silver-tone metal leaves inset with diamanté. In typical Haskell style, the large beads have metal tips. The pierced plastic back is finished with a dress clip. This piece is unsigned, but its maker is well documented. At this stage of its life, this lovely dress clip needs to be handled with care, but it has retained its original beauty.
    USD$175.00
    USD$175.00
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    Emerald, Diamanté & Sterling 1940s Fur Clip

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    This fur clip is beautiful in design and construction. 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 piece on the shoulder or lapel of a jacket, on the shoulder of a dress or sweater, or on a hat or a scarf. Although this piece is marked, I cannot identify the maker. The design and use of sterling make me think it's from the 1940s. But I don't think these details matter – this clip is stunning!
    USD$195.00
    USD$195.00
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    Gemstone Fruit Salad & Diamanté Dress Clips

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    Ruby, sapphire, and emerald acorn-shaped glass stones are surrounded by diamanté in this classic pair of 1930s dress clips. 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 this pair is rhodium-plated base metal. You can see the utility patent for the dress clip mechanism here, shown below the name of Anthony E. Waller.
    USD$245.00
    USD$245.00
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    Vermeil Sterling Leaf & Berry 1940s Fur Clip by Nettie Rosenstein

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    A layer of berries is attached to openwork leaves in this substantial piece by Nettie Rosenstein. Made of gold-plated sterling silver in the 1940s, this fur clip was designed to fasten together fur pieces that women wore around their shoulders. Even though few of us engage in that style of fashion today, we can still wear decorative, high-quality pieces like this one. The difference between a fur clip and brooch is that the former has two prongs instead of a single pin. A clip like this one 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$250.00
    USD$250.00