Description: gold and rhodium plated base metal, rhinestones, enamelling
Marked: Trifari with Crown, Pat Pend
Reference: Brunialti, American Costume Jewelry - Art and Industry (2008) Vol 2 p 240. Patent is reproduced below (scroll down); designer A Philippe, filed 29 June, granted 6 Aug 1940. In June 1940, the island of Malta, a British base, was under attack by the Italian Air Force. It was defended by three Gloster Gladiator Aircraft named Faith, Hope, and Charity. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal_Far_Fighter_Flight (Malta remained unoccupied in WW2). The application date for the patent coincides with these events. An interview in the Los Angeles Times, 20 Aug 1942, p 29, gives a near-contemporary recollection of this; click thumbnail above to view
Size: 1.5" x 1"
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