Once upon a time in the land of Hollywood there lived a man named McClelland Barclay. He was a famous graphic artist in the 30's and 40's and designed some of the era's most elegant costume jewelry. Here is an interesting in-depth article on this most fascinating man.
One day at the flea market I was given the chance to sort through a huge box of costume jewelry by a vendor I'd gotten to know. So well, in fact, that they would chase me down at the market, offering me a chair and a bottle of ice water so I'd be comfy whilst exclaiming "ooo" and "ahhhh" at their pretties. When I came across this fur clip, I knew I'd found something special. I put on my reading glasses in order to see more clearly--there's a bit of wear on the finish but nothing major, and the jewels are SO beautiful!
McClelland Barclay jewelry has a very distinctive signature and should not be confused with jewelry by "Barclay", which is nice but definitely NOT McClelland Barclay.
This pin was found in a dirty display case at my favorite junk store run by Miss Kathy. It was missing a pearl and I had it replaced with the large citrine stone. It is breathtaking under a bright light!
A crystal clear rhinestone pin whose shape reminds me of symbols you see in New Mexico.
An Austrian-made Christmas tree pin signed "Husar". The different stones make it truly spectacular--I especially love the blue & green speckled pair.
Last but not least, two sweet little pins that belonged to Mom. I've had these for years and bring them out every Christmas as part of a display. They're certainly vintage and a warm reminder of our mother, Marian.
I should be trying to sell more of my rather enormous collection of vintage costume jewelry, but I can't--I have a few pieces in my Etsy store and am trying really really hard to put more up. It's just that whenever I take it out, I can't bring myself to part with it. Help! I'm a C.J. Junkie!!