A pair of vintage modernist earrings by Winifred Mason Chenet in copper and brass.
According to published reports Winifred Mason Chenet was an African American woman hand crafting jewelry in Greenwich Village. She worked with and trained Art Smith, a well respected African American modernist jeweler. She believed that each piece should be unique and distinctive.
These earrings have two parts, the top is smooth polished copper and the bottom has a coiled brass overlay. Chenet used some oxidation for an interesting contrast.
Measure 3/4" across and 1 5/8" high. Screw backs hold securely. One earring is marked with the stylized chenet mark. They are opposites so frame the face when worn.
In very nice condition, have some surface scratches. Have a great hand made feel. Very distinctive work.