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Brooch casting

  • Place of origin:

    Providence (made)

  • Date:

    1950s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Trifari (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Base metal (Trifanium), cast, rhodium-plated, gilt and set with glass stones

  • 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 finished brooch. The pin on the back of the brooch has been assembled. The glass stones have been glued in place. The brooch has been examined, tagged with a Trifari label, and is ready for shipment to a retailer.

Physical description

Gilt and rhodium-plated brooch with pin assembled and stones glued in place. The stones are baguettes and eight-cuts.

Place of Origin

Providence (made)


1950s (made)


Trifari (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Base metal (Trifanium), cast, rhodium-plated, gilt and set with glass stones

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:
'3.50 Pin with pin stem assembled, catch adjusted, stones glued, baked, examined, tagged and ready for shipment'.

Descriptive line

Finished brooch with pin assembled and stones glued, Trifari, United States, 1950s


Base metal; Rhodium; Copper; Nickel; Glass


Cast; Plating; Painted; Lapidary

Subjects depicted

Leaf (plant material)



Production Type

Mass produced


Metalwork Collection

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