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    Shell, Sapphire, Gold Brooch, Patricia Schepps Vail for Seaman Schepps
    The brooch features turbo shell, enhanced by oval-shaped sapphire cabochons measuring 9.80 x 8.20 mm and 8.35 x 5.75 mm, set in 14k gold, marked PSV for Patricia Schepps Vail, Seaman Schepps. Gross weight 25.20 grams.
    Dimensions: 1-1/2 inches x 1-7/16 inches

    Condition Report*: Colored Gems:
    Type(s): Sapphire, Shell
    Shape(s): Cabochon
    Count: 1 - 25
    Avg Quality: Good

    White Metal

    Overall Condition: Good
    Condition Notes: Bring a little part of the sea anywhere you go. Marked P.S.V OF SEAMAN SCHEPP. Completed by a white metal double pinstem and catch on the reverse. The shell and the sapphires have some chips and/or abrasions. One sapphire is loose in its setting. Circa 1975. There is glue residue on the very tip of the shell, where there perhaps used to be a gold or gemstone terminal.
    Seaman Schepps: Seaman Schepps created one of America’s most avant-garde jewelry companies of the 20th century. He started out as a purveyor of jewelry and art objects, prior to designing his own jewels, as of 1926. His boutique in New York City offered one-of-a-kind original designs in the Arts & Crafts Movement. Schepps designed wearable works of art featuring unusual materials, such as shell, ivory, turquoise, wood, coral, rock crystal as well as found materials such as glass. The company reached its zenith in the 1940s and 1950s, where bold animal themed designs graced celebrities and high society, alike. Through the patronage of the Rockefellers and the British Royal Family to Marlene Dietrich and Andy Warhol, Seaman Schepps’ dazzling jewels graced the covers of Town & Country, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. Although he passed away in 1972, Seaman Schepps legacy of unusual, artistic designs continues to be offered today.

    *Heritage Auctions strongly encourages in-person inspection of items by the bidder. Statements by Heritage regarding the condition of objects are for guidance only and should not be relied upon as statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty, or assumption of liability by Heritage. All lots offered are sold "AS IS".

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    April, 2019
    29th Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 0
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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