Amazing Hard-to-Find 1940s Haskell Brass Leaf Necklace
This is such a pretty Haskell necklace! It's from around 1940 which is when her pieces were sold with a little foil hangtag attached. Therefore the necklace is "unsigned" yet based on the design, age and construction technique I feel very confident attributing it to Miriam Haskell. And as further evidence I was able to find an early Haskell illustration which exhibits other pieces that were evidentially part of the same group. The metal is brass and it has a beautiful, warm patina with no pitting or corrosion. The leaves and pinecone elements are wired onto a mesh finding (a classic Haskell technique) and the wires have remained strong and tight...no breakage or loosening of the strands. The 5/8" tongue and groove clasp is like a petite companion to the pendant with the same design motif and wiring construction. It is also in "like new" condition. The overall length of the chain including the clasp is approximately 16". The pendant itself measures approximately 1-1/2" across and 2-3/8" long. This is a wonderful example of Haskell jewelry that is very wearable! It would make an excellent addition to any Haskell collection! And how great to see the original sketch showing the rest of the group!