1936-1937 (based on use of "KTF" as maker's mark, 1925-1937, and issue of first fruit salad series, 1936-1937, according to Brunialti)
"CLIP-MATES" and "KTF" (barely visible on one clip back) and "45" (stone-setter's mark)
Utility patent # 2,050,804 (for clip mechanism) issued to Alfred Philippe in 1936
This Trifari fruit salad piece was designed by Alfred Philippe. With ruby, sapphire and emerald molded glass (to imitate carved gemstones) and diamanté accents, it is one example of the company’s Clip-Mates, their answer to Coro’sDuette. 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 piece is rhodium-plated metal, and the brooch has a roll-over safety clasp. You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below Trifari’s name.