Brown Bead Dangling Brooch by Miriam Haskell
4" x 3" (width is approximate); top flower is 1 3/4" in diameter
None (Haskell used only paper hang tags until late-1940s)
See #18 on "Haskell Clip & Pin Backs" page on Gordon website
This wood bead brooch is typical of the type of whimsical pieces designed by Frank Hess for Miriam Haskell during World War II. At the top, the coffee-bean-shaped beads form flower petals that surround small round beads with gilt-metal caps. They are all hand-sewn onto a pierced, flat metal foundation. From there, a riot of beads dangle from gilt-metal links attached to three braided-silk cords. This brooch, which closes with a roll-over safety clasp, is in remarkable condition and fun to wear!