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Brooch casting

Brooch casting

  • Place of origin:

    Providence (made)

  • Date:

    1950s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Trifari (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Base metal (Trifanium), cast

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Clive Kandel

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

One of a sequence of casts showing stages in the making of a brooch by Trifari, a leading manufacturer of costume jewellery in Providence, Rhode Island.

The manufacturer has described this stage, as follows:
'The rough castings are put into large tumbling machines which contain thousands of odd shaped pieces of steel. Some of these are as small as bird shot and others are larger. The rough castings are gently tumbled round and round and the little pieces of steel get into every nook and cranny, rubbing away the crustiness that forms on the surface of the casting as the metal cools.'

Physical description

Casting 'B' after being tumbled with steel shot

Place of Origin

Providence (made)


1950s (made)


Trifari (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Base metal (Trifanium), cast


Height: 4.9 cm, Width: 2.5 cm, Depth: 0.8 cm

Object history note

Original typewritten label stapled to the lining of the display tray:
'1.30 Castings "A" and "B" tumbled with steel shot'. This refers to M.19 and M.20.

Descriptive line

Brooch casting 'B' after being tumbled with steel shot, Trifari, United States, 1950s


Base metal



Subjects depicted

Leaf (plant material)



Production Type

Mass produced


Metalwork Collection

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