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Haskell Necklace Clasps
With unsigned Haskell, it is important to remember that the backs are as important as the fronts.  This album shows a variety of examples of necklace clasps from her unsigned period to the present.  An interesting item of note is that I have not been able to find a single unsigned necklace that uses a hook.  Love to see any examples that others have found.
Date(s): October 22, 2002. Album by Cathy Gordon. Photos by Cathy Gordon. 1 - 35 of 35 Total. 25977 Visits.
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Early Haskell necklace "clasp" of silk cord ending with glass beads, and made to be tied around the neck, c. 1935.  From Cera, The Jewels of Miriam Haskell, p. 71.

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Elaborate gilt metal slide clasp of flowers and leaves from second half of the 1930s.  Unsigned Haskell.

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Back of slide clasp.

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Slide clasp of a gilt metal lily leaf topped with a flattened glass bead, c. mid-1930s.  Unsigned Haskell.

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Back of slide clasp showing pierced metal mesh and wiring.  I used to think that the metal top plate was missing but have found a number of examples without it, so believe that the clasp was made this way.

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Floral silver-tone metal slide clasp, c. mid 1930s.  Unsigned Haskell.

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Spring ring clasp, showing typical configuration without the "thumb-thingy," c. mid 1930s.  Unsigned Haskell.

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Another example of the spring ring clasp.  Note the chain configuration--a common style used by Haskell.  Unsigned Haskell.

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Slide clasp of dark gold-tone metal.  The necklace was purchased in Paris in the mid 1930s.  Unsigned Haskell.

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Delicate silver-tone clasp that holds up quite an elaborate two-tier pearl necklace.  Probably from the 1940s.  Unsigned Haskell.

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Slide clasp showing a lovely filigree topped with a flattened vaseline glass flower, c. 1930s.  Unsigned Haskell.

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Back of clasp showing metal plate covering wiring.

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Clasp of silk cord and gold-tone beads c 1941.  From Cera, The Jewels of Miriam Haskell, p 78.

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An early necklace clasp, looking handmade, made of twisted wire.  Probably from WWII based on a matching clip.  Unsigned Haskell.

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Spring ring clasp from a WWII-era necklace.  Design elements on the necklace are mounted on pierced plastic.  End-caps are a typical Haskell style, but are also found on Czech jewelry.  Unsigned Haskell.

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Slide clasp of silver-tone metal, gilt flowers and rhinestones.  Necklace was shown in a 1947 ad.  Unsigned Haskell.

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Slide clasp from a 1949 bow necklace dated from an ad, which interestingly, is not signed.  Unsigned Haskell.

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Slide clasp from an elaborately beaded necklace.  No signature, but the bracelet has a hang-tag.  Unsigned Haskell.

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Two dove clasps.  The top is on a Haskell necklace but is incorrect (or perhaps was a prototype) and the bottom shows the normal dove configuration.  According to Millie Petronzio, the lower dove was used into the 1970s.  You will also find it used as decoration on pins.

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An unsigned hook with the flower design and showing a Haskell hangtag.  Probably a transitional piece from the period 1950-1952 when Haskell was just starting to use the oval tag as the necklace looks early.  Signed Haskell.

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View of unsigned hook from the side.

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View of unsigned hook from the top.

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Example of signed hook showing flower.  Interesting gilt metal floral end caps and lovely green melon beads.  I have heard that all Haskell necklaces with a hook end with five beads, but this is not consistent.  Millie told me that the hooks were started in the early 1950s as women demanded more length than the slide-clasp type necklaces allowed.  Signed Haskell.

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Another example of a hook clasp, showing typical filigree end-caps.  Note that there are seven beads on the extender.  Signed Haskell.

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While this necklace is signed in two places (hook and filigree back), after some up-close-and-personal viewing I believe it is a put-together.

The necklace gathers and the necklace construction are much more typical of Jonne jewelry.

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Haskell turtle clasp used during the 1950s and 1960s.  This clasp wasn't used very often as its size made the necklace difficult to hook.  I have seen the turtle used on stickpins, but this is the first clasp I have found. Signed Haskell.

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Back of turtle clasp showing Miriam Haskell signature on the hook.  Courtesy of Cheri van Hoover, Milky Way Jewels. http://www.milkywayjewels.com

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Pink bead necklace with an incorrect hook, undoubtedly a replacement.  Necklace is signed Haskell on a plaque on its center decoration.

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Clasp with patent number 3,427,691 dating it to 1969.  Used on both necklaces and bracelets, according to Larry Vrba, Haskell started using this clasp in 1975.  There is a small slide mechanism that opens when pressure is applied.  Picture is from an eBay auction.

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Another example of the 1969 clasp.  Note both this and the former necklace have a hang tag, though the clasp itself is signed Miriam Haskell.

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Clasp from an Egyptian collar dated 1972.  Clasp is signed Miriam Haskell on the back with raised letters.

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In the research we did for our book, we found NO examples of unsigned Haskell necklaces with a hook and tail construction.  This necklace is attributed to Haskell by Cera pg 80 dated to the late 1930s, but I believe that this is a Josef Morton necklace.

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