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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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    Black Bakelite & Diamanté Art Deco Dress Clip

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    This stunning Art Deco dress clip features a large black Bakelite diamond-shaped carved shield with newly-replaced (by the previous owner) square and round diamanté. (The plastic was molded to simulate carving.) You can wear this piece as a dress clip or as a necklace on a black rubber cord, as shown in the last photo. A 17-inch, 2mm black rubber cord with a stainless steel twist lock is included with this purchase. If you are looking for something bigger and bolder, I have the matching brooch – scroll down to see it.
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    Diamanté & Sterling 1940s Fur Clip by Eisenberg (Unsigned)

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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 & Sons.  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!
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    Diamanté & Sterling Leaf 1940s Fur Clip by Eisenberg

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    This substantial (in weight and size) 1940s fur clip by Eisenberg 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 bejeweled leaf on the shoulder or lapel of a dress, jacket or coat, and own any room you enter!
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    CAD$395.00
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    Diamanté Art Deco Dress Clips

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    This triangular-shaped pair of 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. Interestingly, the front of these clips is identical to my double-clip brooch (which is shown below), but the dress clip mechanisms are different. Although these clips are marked with a utility patent number, it is unreadable. Quite a mystery!
    CAD$175.00
    CAD$175.00
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    Diamanté Baguette & Pavé Ribbon 1940s Fur Clip by Marcel Boucher

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    This luscious 1940s fur clip by Marcel Boucher features clear rhinestone baguettes and pavé set in rhodium-plated metal. Even the underside of the furled upper corner is bejeweled.
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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 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 the maker is well documented. At this stage of its life, this lovely dress clip needs to be handled with care.
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    Emerald, Diamanté & Sterling 1940s Fur Clip by Dewees

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    Whether Dewees is the name of the company or their trademark, I can't be sure. But the answer doesn't really matter because this 1940s fur clip is beautiful in design and construction. Faceted emerald-cut and round emerald glass stones are set in rhodium-plated sterling silver, in contrast to the pavé on the rest of the piece. You can wear it on the shoulder or lapel of a jacket, on the shoulder of a dress or sweater, and on a hat or a scarf. Scroll down to see a selection of coordinating pieces.
    CAD$195.00
    CAD$195.00
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    Fruit Salad & Diamanté Art Deco Dress Clips

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    Molded ruby, sapphire and emerald glass stones (to imitate Indian-carved gemstones) surrounded by diamanté form this classic pair of 1930s Art Deco dress clips. Molded colored stones like these in the shapes of leaves or fruits are known as fruit salads or tutti frutti and were first made popular by fine jewelry firms such as Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels. You can see the utility patent for the dress clip mechanism here, shown below the name of Anthony E. Waller.
    CAD$225.00
    CAD$225.00
  • Close-up view of Miriam Haskell brooch/clip
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    Ruby Bead & Rondelle 1940s Clip/Brooch by Miriam Haskell

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    This Miriam Haskell brooch, which is also a dress clip, has deep-red glass beads with rhinestone rondelles in silver metal findings. This motif is very Machine Age and one that Frank Hess used in other types of pieces. (Scroll down to see a similar pair of earrings.) I bought this piece from Haskell expert Cathy Gordon, who indicated that the pin stem was added to the dress clip at a later date. In addition to wearing this piece as a clip or brooch, you can wear it as a pendant on a black cord (shown in the last photo) or on a silver or white-gold chain. The 17" black cord shown is included with this purchase.
    CAD$425.00
    CAD$425.00
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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 gold-plated sterling silver 1940s Retro Modern piece by Nettie Rosenstein. The hook-and-eye construction is a sign of the high quality of this maker's two-prong fur clip. No wonder her jewelry is highly-prized!
    CAD$250.00
    CAD$250.00