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Gemstone Fruit Salad 1930s Clip-Mates by Trifari

Gemstone Fruit Salad 1930s Clip-Mates by Trifari

USD$795.00

Additional information

Maker

Trifari

Size

2 1/4" x 1 5/8"

Condition

Excellent

Date

1936-1937 (based on mark and issue of first fruit salad series, per Brunialti)

Marks

"CLIP-MATES" and "KTF" (barely visible on one clip back)

Reference

Utility patent # 2,050,804 (for brooch mechanism) issued to Alfred Philippe in 1936

This Trifari fruit salad piece was designed by Alfred Philippe. It features the company’s popular trio of acorn-shaped, molded glass to imitate carved gemstones (rubies, sapphires, and emeralds). This design is one example of Trifari’s Clip-Mates, their answer to Coro’s Duette. This piece can be worn as a brooch or as separate dress clips. The influence of Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels on Philippe is evident in the fruit salad lines he designed for Trifari in the mid-1930s and early 1940s.  The setting of this special early piece is rhodium-plated metal with diamanté accents. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below Trifari’s name. Scroll down to see a fruit salad bar brooch, also by this maker but with stones in a different shape.

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