Chinoiserie charm bib necklace, c. 1930 Possible Haskell
This 1930s bib necklace has recently been the subject of much attention and educational debate regarding who the maker may have been. Similar necklaces have been sold and advertised as "unsigned Haskell" and indeed I agree that is a realistic possibility. However, I don't want to make a false claim so I will leave it up to you to decide. That being said, the overall style, the type of chain and the clasp in particular are all appropriate to be dated squarely in the 1930s. The baubles are all varied in color, shape and material and their artistic combination results in a cohesive "chinoiserie" or "ethnic" look. Each bead is sandwiched between two identical fancy brass caps and is finished off with a neat little brass dangle. The baubles are arranged to graduate in size with the smaller ones on the outside and the larger ones towards the center. The overall length of the chain from end to end is 16-1/4". The largest baubles at the center add a drop length of approximately 2" which includes the small brass dangle. In conclusion, no matter who the maker or designer was, they succeeded in creating a gorgeous and unique piece of jewelry. This necklace is an instant conversation piece and is likely to continue gathering attention!