1940s Marcel Boucher Sterling Silver & Vermeil Bow Brooch Signed MP Phrygian Cap

This is a beautiful Marcel Boucher brooch.  This piece of jewelry was a process of learning for me, so bear with me as I attempt to relay what I have learned.  Marcel Boucher was a French jeweler who came to New York City in the 1920's.  He studied under Pierre Cartier.  In 1937, Boucher established his own company, Marcel Boucher and Cie.  He quickly gained fame and his jewelry became some of the most well known and sought after costume jewelry of the 20th century.   

This piece is a bow or ribbon brooch.  It is marked on the back with the well known MB mark with a Phrygian cap sitting on top.  It has the inventory number 2071, which dates it back to the 1940's.  The brooch is also marked STERLING.  It is my understanding that this piece is composed of sterling silver and was given a coating of vermeil.  Vermil is a combination of gold and at least one other metal (in this case, I believe the other metal is nickel).  There are some small spots of wear to the vermil finish.  The brooch has several clear rhinestones, which have a yellow tint.  One stone is missing.  The brooch measures 2" long by 1 1/2" wide at the widest point.  Please see pictures for more details.




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