Talk about a fish story! This vintage brooch is huge -- nearly 3.5 inches wide. And the details are wonderful. Clear, yellow, and fuchsia rhinestones dot the sail, fins, eye, and whatever that pointy beak thing is called. School-bus yellow enamel with deep orange-red. White belly and gills, aqua lower jaw, and the slimmest line of deep red at the mouth. Traditional clasp. Heavy silver-tone metal. A very well-made piece. From 1940.
Thanks to our friend, VFG Colleague, and vintage-jewelry expert Laura at Metro Retro Vintage for researching our piece. Turns out "Swordfish" may be part of Boucher's Fall 1940 collection, and appears on pg. 51 of Brunialti's American Costume Jewelry. There were both rhinestone and enameled versions produced, but the enameled versions are rarer. According to WWD, of the various animal figurals in the line, "one of the most significant designs was Swordfish." Since the line was not patented, and we cannot find a maker's mark on ours, we can't be 100% certain it isn't a copy.
~ Fun fact: Sailfish are the fastest fish in the ocean. They can reach speeds of 68 miles (110 km) per hour! ~
Fiber/Care: silver-tone base metal with rhinestones and enamel
Condition: one dead rhinestone on lower front fin, two tiny rhinestones missing from upper fins (hard to see)
Dimensions: 3-3/8" wide x 3-1/4" high
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(BDV SKU: 0361-017)