A pair of sterling silver hand wrought earrings by the noted mid century jeweler, C Leslie Smith, who signed his work CLS in a shield. He opened his first store in 1955. These earrings are mirror images and measure 1 3/4" long and 1 1/4" across. Marked Handwrought, Sterling and with the CLS shield hallmark. Earrings attach to the ear with 'Wingbacks' which go into the ear and around the back. 'Wingbacks' can be worn whether your ears are pierced or not. These earrings can also be worn turned upside down as fishhook pierced earrings. 'Wingbacks' were invented in the 1940's and they were used until the 1960's. These closures are marked Ster, Wingback, and a Patent number. Great example of hand made mid century studio jewelry.