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Circa 50s sterling silver and ruby earrings with unusual "clip"

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Posted 3 years ago

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Does anyone know what the "clip"style on these earrings is called. The way they work is that the butterfly shaped piece rests in your ear and the wire goes under your lobe - no moving parts.

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  1. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 3 years ago
    Interesting piece. As a guy this stuff never interested me until we found we had to inventory an estate. Lots of old jewelery from days gone by we found in a 1940's hope chest. I am not sure but I think these came out after the screw back style. The design wasn't accepted because it was to easy for an earring to get lost. Possibly a plug in or latch back.
  2. cthom818, 3 years ago
    Yes I knew these were from the 50s and I even found an ad for them, which I put in a "nice safe place".
  3. RottenVintage RottenVintage, 3 years ago
    These are very interesting.. I actually have never seen anything like it! Thanks for sharing...
  4. FineLines FineLines, 3 years ago
    Nice earrings. The "Wingback" was invented by Judith McCann in the 40s. One other jewelry manufacturer used it briefly, but can't recall which it was ... Don't know why they didn't catch on - too complicated probably. We like things to be simple.
    Here is a link to some info about the backs:
    http://midcenturyjewelry.blogspot.com/2009/02/mid-century-wingback-earrings-judith.html

    DD@Phila
  5. cthom818, 3 years ago
    Thank you , Fine Lines, this is the ad I saw before. On closer inspection ,there is the name Wingback and patent number on one of the wires. Great info!

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