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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:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 48, shelf 8

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.

This stage shows the brooch after it has been partly gold-plated. The orange masking paint has preserved the rhodium-plated finish of the settings so that the glass stones can be set in white metal, which will enhance their colour.

Physical description

Brooch casting plated with rhodium (on top of copper and nickel plating), partly painted with orange masking paint, and partly gold-plated

Place of Origin

Providence (made)


1950s (made)


Trifari (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Base metal (Trifanium), cast

Marks and inscriptions

'TRIFARI', with a coronet above the 'T'
Trade mark; On reverse of brooch near the catch; stamped


Height: 5.5 cm, Width: 4.7 cm, Depth: 1.5 cm

Object history note

Original typewritten label stapled to the lining of the display tray:
'3.40 Assembly re-racked, plated gold'.

Descriptive line

Brooch casting, plated with gold and painted with orange masking paint, Trifari, United States, 1950s


Base metal; Rhodium; Copper; Nickel; Paint


Cast; Plating; Painted

Subjects depicted

Leaf (plant material)



Production Type

Mass produced


Metalwork Collection

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