Vintage Faux Pearl Basket Screw Back Earrings
The screw back mechanism for earrings was invented in 1894 and became very popular in order to avoid having to pierce ears. There was a period during the first half of the 20th Century when having ones ears pierced was looked upon as "slightly common". Then in 1934 the clip on mechanism was patented and so both were worn, until pierced ears were back in favour again. It did take a little while for that to happen, and I suspect these sweet vintage earrings are from the 1930's-1940's period. They are in very good condition, and have been obviously well looked after. The "basket of pearls" measures 2.5cms x 2cms. ..hanging from a solitary pearl with the screw back attached. Once on, they fit comfortably and firm.
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