The Art Nouveau period was so short (1890-1910) that good jewelry in this category is rare. I have not seen a figural Art Nouveau sterling glove clip in decades. This one is a stunner.
This antique clip measures 2 3/8" long. A young woman wears great hair and a feathered hat. (Did you see the feathered hats at Prince Charles' second wedding?) Breezy ribbons and lily-of-the-valley festoon the border. Her décolletage is also a bit ruffled by the Spring winds. She is posed in thought for a moment, but there is no trouble in her carefree life. The medallion is marked "sterling" and the applied gold is intact. The back clip is silver on brass. No maker's mark is visible, but much of the back is obscured by the clip. Condition is excellent.
You could use this rare piece in so many ways. Originally, the clip was attached at a skirt waist to hold a woman's gloves. You could attach a floral nosegay. You could hold a large velvet ribbon around your waist with this lady, or place her to hold a silk scarf at your neck. The clip is very strong. A touching memento from yesterday.
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