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Boucher Exotic Gryphon bird brooch clear rhinestones

Boucher Exotic Gryphon bird brooch clear rhinestones

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Directory: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Unsigned: Pre 1930: Item # 861641
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This large exotic rhodium plated pot metal gryphon bird brooch is encrusted with multitudes of clear rhinestones. It is 3 1/2" x 3 1/4". It is in excellent vintage condition. It is circa 1937-1940.

Ref: Warman's Vintage Jewelry by Leigh Leshner on page 65.

Collecting Costume Jewelry 202 by Julia C. Carrol, page 24

Fabulous Fakes by Carole Tanenbaum, p. 133.

I have owned this item before with the MB Phrygian helmet marking) This one is unmarked.

This brooch is a legendary creature with the body and tail of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. Griffins are known to guard treasures and priceless possessions because they were perceived to be powerful and majestic. The design patent # is 129843 issued to Marel Boucher in 1941.