Diamanté Ribbon 1930s Clip-Mates by Trifari
Brooch: 2" x 1 1/4"; dress clip: 1" x 1 1/4"
1938-1942 (based on mark and non-use of sterling, per Brunialti)
"TRIFARI" (with crown), "CLIP-MATES" & "PAT. NO. 2050804"
Utility patent # 2,050,804 (for brooch mechanism) issued to Alfred Philippe in 1936
Trifari costume jewelry of the late-1930s included Clip-Mates, their version of the double clip brooch. This example features loops of diamanté-encrusted ribbons. The setting is rhodium-plated. This piece can be worn as a brooch (at different angles, as shown) or as two separate dress clips. The photos show a third option: one clip worn as a pendant on a sterling silver chain (which is not included). A white-gold one would also work well. Wear this piece with faux or real diamond studs for an added touch of sparkle. Scroll down to see a selection of coordinating bracelets. You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below Trifari’s name.
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