Unsigned Vintage Jewels

Fabulous Vintage Art Deco Dress Clip


Shipping to United States: $5.00
  • Details
    20% off $100 or more, use coupon code BAKELITE, This listing is for a Fabulous 1930's Art Deco Dress Clip. This clip is a whopping 1 5/8 inches long and 1.5 inches wide. Great Vintage Condition. The Clip has a beautiful pierced and etched design. The rhodium finish is in great condition and features a beautiful intricate design with with Demi Lune center stone at the top surrounded by baguettes and clear chatons. Most stones are bright and shiny only a few going dim

    Please look carefully at the photographs as they are part of the description. I have loads of dress clips coming online soon, check for others, they are great to stack on an omega chain to make a great looking necklace. I have included a photo of some dress clips worn as a necklace for reference only.
    Please ask for more photos if you want to know more, I will be happy to send them.

    Collectors Weekly has this to say about Dress Clips, Fur Clips, etc...

    Dress and fur clips first appeared in the 1920s, when the concept of costume jewelry was taking the world by storm. Before then, only royalty and celebrities had access to opulent, ostentatious fine jewelry bedecked with precious stones like diamonds and emeralds, and so most women's adornment was subtle and tasteful.

    But in the Roaring Twenties, Coco Chanel introduced the idea of wearing less-expensive costume jewelry as art, as opposed to wearing fine jewelry to indicate status and wealth. Jewelry then became a subject of experimentation as designers created all sorts of large, bold, and inventive pieces for women looking to spice up plain or neutral items of clothing.

    Similar to brooches and pins, dress and fur clips were worn fastened to dresses, furs, and other items of clothing, often to accentuate an alluring detail such as a well-cut lapel or deep neckline. They were made out of the same materials as brooches—sterling silver, bronze, rhinestones, enamels, and plastics like Bakelite—and in similar styles, from Art Deco geometric patterns to floral and figural designs.

    Fine jewelry and wristwatch designer Louis Cartier came up with the concept of the double dress clip, which he patented in 1927, a clever device that let two twin clips attach to each other and worn as one brooch. The pieces could also be worn separately as matching dress clips, for example, on either side of a neckline. This versatile design, known as "clip-pins," was such a huge success that in the 1930s, fashion jeweler Coro premiered its own double clip called the Coro Duette.

    Trifari also made its own popular spin on the concept, which were known as Clip-Mates. Collectors should note that sellers will often mislabel Clip-Mates as Duettes. Eisenberg, Miriam Haskell, Leo Glass, Fred Block, Mazer, Boucher, Nettie Rosenstein, Hattie Carnegie, and Vogue all made their own versions of clip-pins.

    Early Coro pieces were usually Art Deco style with pavé-set clear rhinestones. But the company’s biggest hit was its figural Duettes, which were shaped like flowers, animals, and human characters, decorated with brightly colored enameling and crystal rhinestones, and often sold with matching earrings. Especially popular with collectors are more complicated pieces such as the “Quivering Camelias” Duette, which features trembler flowers on springs.

    Worn well into the 1950s, vintage clips seemed to embody the whimsical and creative spirit of costume jewelry, as they could be worn in myriad ways. They could be attached to collars and labels, worn near the throat or off to the side, or at the cleavage. A matching set might be attached to either side of a sweetheart neckline, or to the breast pockets of a jacket. They could be used to hold a scarf in place, or gather the folds of a Grecian-style goddess dress.

    Clips were also attached to ribbons to make elegant chokers and necklaces, and one or more could be used to compliment a rhinestone belt buckle or add whimsy to a plain leather belt. Clips were used on clutches and purses to dress them up for an evening out on the town, while shoe clips gave plain pumps a bit of glitz. They even adorned cloche hats and berets. Glamorous celebrities like Joan Crawford, Hedy Lamarr, Esther Williams, Lana Turner, Betty Grable, Ginger Rogers, and Barbara Stanwick often led the way, employing clips in new and interesting ways in their fabulous ensembles.

    While many people nowadays use the terms "dress clip" and "fur clip" interchangeably, they are actually distinguished by very different clipping mechanisms. Fur clips, also known as "double-pronged clips" or "pin clips," were long, with a back mechanism featuring two sharp prongs attached to a spring. This design let them pierce the fur without wreaking havoc on it. Fur clips were often adorned with rhinestones or semi-precious stones, or metalwork like repoussé. Coro, Eisenberg, Trifari, Boucher, and Kenneth Lane made fur clips that are among the most coveted today.

    Dress clips, on the other had, have a wider and shorter clasp, whose teeth are meant to cling to thinner dress or shirt material. Miriam Haskell, Trifari, Coro, Eisenberg, and Hattie Carnegie were all known for their dress clips. Scarf clips, meanwhile, have stronger hinges but no teeth, while shoe clips are also specialized.

    The most valuable dress clips are the ones that come in pairs like the Coro Duettes and the Trifari Clip-Mates. Clip-pin devices that incorporate more than two dress clips are particularly rare. Vintage fur clips with clear stones and high-quality metal finishes are also collectible. All product photos are of the actual item. Colors may differ slightly from actual product appearance due to differences in products and lighting conditions. Please contact me if you have specific additional photo requests as photos are part of the description.
  • Shipping & Policies


    Payment should be made via Direct Checkout. Layaway arrangements are all acceptable payment options. LAYAWAY ITEMS ARE NON RETURNABLE . Please contact me to make arrangements for Layaway special listings. Easiest most convenient for you will be to use Direct Checkout or contact me directly with your your credit card. All payments must be in US dollars and all payments must be made within ten (10) days of the order date. Items with pending payments including layaway orders will be marked with a HOLD tag on the site until payment is received and processed. If payment is not received within 10 days the order will be cancelled, notification of cancellation will be made via email and items returned to inventory. "

    Coupon Code discounted items are NOT eligible for return. Please make your selections carefully when purchasing with a coupon. If an item has been picked up from one of my shos 60 miles away a trip charge will be deducted from the sale price as I have spent a half day driving and fuel charges.

    " Layaway terms are 50%down, non-refundable deposit, balance due within 30 days of order date and is available only on orders of $50.00 or more. Layaway items are not returnable. Upon receipt of final payment on a layaway the item will be shipped first class insured for the amount paid and shipping notification will be made to the buyer. Some items including lay away will require personal invoice from me. Please email me with you selection, and I will send you a discounted personal invoice. If you wish to use another form of payment, you must contact us first, for authorization. International orders are gladly accepted, however at the present time we are not accepting credit card orders for international orders. We reserve the right to refuse any order that does provide a valid, working email address or other verified shipping information.

    Layaway and Discounted or purchased with Coupon Codes are not eligible for return.

    Shipping from United States

    " Shipping Policy - All items will be shipped via USPS (US Postal Service) unless otherwise stated. First class USPS shipping is as posted in the United States on all Jewelry items. You may choose to have additional insured if so, you must email me so I can send you a new invoice including the insurance price.First $50 is included in the standard shipping. Any Other shipping method, please contact me directly. Paypal, credit cards and money orders ship within 1-2 days of payment clearance/receipt. Personal checks ship in 5-7 days, or less depending on previous purchase history. If you have a special shipping need, we will do our best to accommodate, please don't hesitate to contact me directly. International shipment costs are TBD (to be determined) and will be calculated once your order is received. We will email you with the shipping options and costs to your country. I only use FedX for some countries for reliability and tracking. Customs documents are filled out using the correct amount of purchase and description of the item. " I list 1-2 weeks shipping but it is usually within a week, my physical brick and mortar shop is 50 miles away so sometimes I have to make a trip to pick up an item from the shop and this adds to the shipping time. If you need an item right away, please convo me and I will try to get it shipped as quickly as possible.

    International buyers must contact me for shipping options or pay the minimum shipping as stated on the listing. International items are NON-REFUNDABLE

    Discounted or purchased with Coupon Codes are not eligible for return.

    Returns & Exchanges

    I gladly accept returns and exchanges

    Just contact me within: 3 days of delivery

    Ship items back to me within: 7 days of delivery

    I don't accept cancellations

    But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

    The following items can't be returned or exchanged

    Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:

    • Custom or personalized orders
    • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
    • Digital downloads
    • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
    • Items on sale

    Returns and exchange details

    We want you to be happy with your purchase so please be sure to read all descriptions and size and condition info. All items are original and unrestored unless otherwise stated.
    Professional restorations will be noted in descriptions. Refunds WILL NOT be issued if items are returned without prior authorization or returned without following stated guidelines. Items returned in different condition than originally shipped will not not be accepted and refund will not be issued.

    Buyer is responsible for cost of return shipping.

    Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions about any item, we want you to be happy with your purchases Please note: We are not responsible for shipping damage or loss. Items which are insured and arrive damaged or are lost will be handled via claim with the US postal service. We are not responsible for uninsured or underinsured items, and can not to be held responsible for items which are delayed, lost or damaged by the post office or any other shipper. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions about this policy, your satisfaction guarantees you will shop with us again! " If an item has already been picked up from my shop 60 miles away a trip charge will be deducted from the sale price as I have spent a half day driving and fuel charges. Items that have been placed on layaway. Please read descriptions carefully and ask questions.


    International Orders are NOT eligible for return, please ask questions, look at photos, ask questions, request more photos, etc...Due to extremely high international shipping costs and the extended time it requires to ship and return an item, it would be out of inventory for over 30 days.


    " Condition Definitions Excellent = Almost new condition, no noticeable flaws, dull, dark or yellow stones, virtually no plating or enamel loss. Sometimes this will be listed as "pristine condition" Very good = some minor signs of wear or age i.e. slight wear to plate or enamel, minor foil damage possible on a couple of stones, etc. Flaws will be minor. Specifics will be pointed out in the description. Good = signs of wear and age, specifics will be pointed out in description. Noticeable plating and/or enamel loss, copper may have some scratching, original patination is gone, some dull or graying stones. Fair = major condition problems, broken pin stems, serious wear, plating is gone, loose hinges,, deterioration of stones probably not in desirable wearable condition. Please do not hesitate to contact us regarding specific conditions or color questions. Unless otherwise stated, we make every effort to ensure that colors represented on the page are accurate. Additional views of items can be sent within 24 hours if needed to make a purchasing decision.

    Discounted or purchased with Coupon Codes are not eligible for return.