Size: 2.25” long by 1.5” wide, with 1.5” long prongs on the clip
Label: Alfred Phillipe design for Trifari, sterling silver with gold vermeil
This 1940s Alfred Phillipe fur clip of brooch design for Trifari in sterling silver with gold vermeil finish is a lovely Victorian Revival piece of vintage jewelry! The design features a lady’s hand with a fuchsia rhinestone “ring” and lacy cuff, represented by sparkling clear rhinestones. Although you can find several versions of this Phillipe design extant, this may be one of the earliest versions, since it is stamped “Pat. Pend.” (patent pending), rather than with a patent number like later versions. The patent was actually issued in 1944, so this clip may be just a bit earlier than that date. This Alfred Phillipe Trifari fur clip or brooch differs from some later versions, in that it is set with marquise instead of round rhinestones, and that the “cuff” section features all clear stones, rather than other colors. The clip section is on a stiff spring, so that it can be clipped securely to garments. The two sharp prongs of the fur clip can be used to piece heavier material like fur, wool coats, etc., but one of the prongs also features a safety clasp, so that it can bee worn as a brooch instead. In very good condition, this lovely 1940s clip or brooch has some minor tarnish or discoloration to the gold vermeil finish, and has had one marquise-shaped rhinestone replaced by us with a modern replacement stone—probably not noticeable when it is worn.