Lorgnette clip

American
1940s
Krementz & Co. (founded in 1869)


Dimensions

Height x width: 5.7 x 2.6 x 1.3 cm (2 1/4 x 1 x 1/2 in.) folded

Accession Number

2011.70

Medium or Technique

Silver and glass

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Brooches

The decorative front of this clip hinged to a lorgnette is triangular in shape and composed of round faceted glass gems set in prongs resembling diamonds. Within the V-shape, made of two rows of stones whose point ends at the bottom of the element, is a stylized basket holding leaves and flowers. The round stones vary slightly in size in accordance with the design; the largest being in the center of the two flowers which emerge from the basket. On either side of the flowers and under the base of the flowers are stylized pointed leaves, each composed of three stones. The “basket” consists of a top and bottom horizontal row of gems connected by four curved vertical rows, each of four stones. In between each row are open spaces. Other areas of openwork define the design of the ornament.

Behind the clip is a hinged lorgnette which folds behind it, so that when clipped to the wearer’s clothing, the lorgnette cannot be seen. The lorgnette is composed on two rectangular octogons, set in the silver frame that is also hinged in the middle so that the two octogons align when the lorgnette is folded.

Markings

On one edge rectangular panel on the underside of the decorative piece of the lorgnette is stamped, "sterling K."

Provenance

2008, purchased from Brookline Auction Gallery LLC by Marjorie Short; 2011, gift of Short to the MFA. (Accession date: February 23, 2011)

Credit Line

Gift of Marjorie J. Short