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Flag brooch

1918
Black, Starr and Frost (American, 1876–1929 American)


Object Place for Label, New York, United States, , Object Place

Dimensions

Overall: 6.4 x 4.4 x 0.6 cm (2 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

2004.2080

Medium or Technique

Platinum, diamonds, rubies, sapphires

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Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment

The flag pole consists of 13 square cut, antique diamonds and topped with an Old European cut diamond of approximately 0.45 carats. The flag's stripes are composed of 125 French cut rubies of medium red color and 125 square, antique cut diamonds of good clarity and color. The 13 stars are studded with diamonds and set on a field of 36 square cut, medium blue sapphires. The total stone weight is approximately 9.45 carats of diamonds, 7.00 carats of rubies and 4.00 carats of sapphires. The brooch is stamped #57370. It is accompanied by a leather and velvet lined box, embossed "Black, Starr & Frost", but the piece is unsigned. Condition is excellent.

Markings

Stamped "57370"

Provenance

Purchased by Frederick C. Fletcher (1874-1958); to his daughter Nina Fletcher Little, to her daughter Selina F. Little.

Credit Line

Gift of Selina F. Little in memory of Nina Fletcher Little