Beetle

This unusual beetle brooch is by one of the doyens of costume jewellery design – Hattie Carnegie.  I have a number of Hattie Carnegie brooches in my collection, their quirkiness and originality appeal to me.  This beetle is from the…

Dangle

This wonderful brooch was made by the Miriam Haskell company, and designed by Frank Hess in the early 1940’s.  Although unsigned, it has many distinctive characteristics which identify it as Haskell.  Besides the striking, gold plated cascade of leaves and…

Fuji Man

This brooch is known as Fuji man.  It can be found in a number of reference books, which allows it to be accurately dated to 1942.  Coro was one of the largest and most prolific costume jewellery manufacturing and wholesale…

Bow

This pretty brooch is from the 1940s. It is made from a kit sold through a magazine in America.  I have been unable to track down which magazine. The back of this example is covered in leather and has been…

Smiling Calf

I call this brooch smiling calf, and it is one of the more unusual brooches by the Elzac company in that it is made only of ceramic.  More often, Elzac brooches were made of heavily carved wood and sculpted ceramic,…

French Dress Clip

This dress clip is by the Paris fashion house of Henry a la Pensee.  Henry a la Pensee began in 1800 as a high end boutique selling quality clothing accessories and gifts.  Over time they opened branches throughout France and…