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.