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Eagle brooch

American
1939–1945
Trifari, Krussman & Fishel (American, founded 1925)


Accession Number

2018.4030

Medium or Technique

Metal, enamel, glass

Not On View

Classifications

Brooches

Based on the Great Seal of the United States, this patriotic brooch features a rhinestone-encrusted bald eagle with its wings outstretched. The eagle holds a blue enamel olive branch in its right talon and three blue enamel arrows in its left talon. Surmounted on the eagle is a shield, enameled with red stripes and studded with thirteen rhinestone stars on a field of blue enamel. The eye of the eagle consists of a red glass cabochon.

Signed

"TRIFARI" with a crown surmounting the "T"

Provenance

Between about 1970s and 2018, acquired by Carole Tanenbaum, Toronto, Ontario [see note]; 2018, gift of Carole Tanenbaum to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 12, 2018)

NOTE: This is part of a large collection of costume jewelry given to the MFA in 2018, which had been built over about 40 years.

Credit Line

Gift of Carole Tanenbaum