Highly collectible Crown Trifari jelly belly duck - this piece is marked Trifari (with a tiny crown over the T) Pat. Pend. and with a copyright symbol. The head is blue and main body is a lucite moonstone, with the large acrylic cabochon body prong-set and the head held in place with a gold tone setting the creates the eye. There are blue, red and green coloured crystal stones comprising the duck's wing, and a red rhinestones set in the neck. The tail is pale blue and the feet are green crystals, in a variety of shapes including marquise, teardrop and emerald-cut; these ones are all faceted. They are all solidly set in goldtone metal. He is a rather palyful looking duck who looks like he is flapping his wings in delight before running of to the pond!
The brooch measures 1 3/4 inches from the top of the duck's head to its longest point. It measures just over 1 inch from the tip of its beak to the widest point on its feathers.
Condition of this very attractive and colourful Crown Trifari jelly belly duck brooch is very good. The rhinestones are all set in solid condition. The gold tone metal is showing very small signs of light wear. The acrylic jelly belly and faceted rhinestones are all in very good condition showing minimal wear.
The brooch is secured with a c-clasp that is in solid working order and a straight pin.
Gustavo Trifari emigrated from Italy to the U.S. in 1904 and founded Trifari NYC in 1910 after being a partner and jewelry designer with his uncle in Trifari & Trifari for several years. Gustavo's grandfather Luigi Trifari, a goldsmith, had a small workshop in Naples during the mid 1800s producing fine jewelry, where Gustavo learned his trade.
in 1917, Leo Krussman joined the Trifari company as a sales director and later became a partner, leading to the formation of the Trifari and Krussman company. A third partner Carl Fishel, an experienced and well known salesman also became a partner in the early 1920s. The company again changed its name to Trifari, Krussman & Fishel.
Trifari was considered one of the largest and best known producers of costume jewellery. It started producing hair ornaments, buckles and bar pins in silver and base metals set with rhinestones and later manufactured a broad range of costume jewelry creating superb designs and workmanship at different price levels. The Trifari jewellery produced had a distinctive look, resembling fine jewellery, which can easily be recognised by collectors. Much of this is due to the work of the great designer, Alfred Philpipe, who worked and designed jewellery for Trifari for approximately 38 years from 1930 to 1968, using high quality imported Swarovski Crystals that were handset in the jewellery pieces. Philippe worked as a designer of fine jewellery for Cartier and Van Cleef and Arpels, and bought to Trifari many imaginative ideas. He is largely responsible for the creation and development of Trifari's distinctive classic look. There were also other well known designers who joined Trifari: Jean Paris (1958-1965), Andre Beouf (1967-1979), who had worked for Cartier, and Diane Love (1971-1974) who designed the company's modern and contemporary jewellery in the early 1970s. Up until the 1960s Trifari led the world in the industry of costume jewelry producing the highest quality and styles from imaginative sterling vermeil figurals of the 1940's to its classic gold and silver tone jewellery of modern times. The Trifari figurals, retro florals and jelly bellies from the 1930s and 1940s are avidly sought after today by collectors. The Trifari company was purchased by Hallmark in te late 1970s, Crystal Grands Jewelry Corp in 1988, Chase Capital Partners, Lattice Holding Division of he Monet Group 1994 and Liz Clairborne in July 2000 when production was finally moved out of the US.