Christian Dior by Mitchel Maer Laurel Brooch with Tag
This special vintage brooch comes with the original hang tag labeling the piece as a 'Christian Dior Creation by Mitchel Maer'. The text on the tag is in a raised font and the tag is outlined with a raised silver border. The Mitchel Maer signature helps to date the piece to the early 1950s as Maer only made jewellery for Dior until 1956.
The brooch takes the form of two laurels where the leaves are decorated with sparking clear crystals. The crystals are set in what looks to be, due to the darkened patina, silver plated metal. The back of the brooch is also signed on the usual oval plaque 'Christian Dior by Mitchel Maer'.
Overall excellent condition - a few of the crystals are later replacements.
Mitchel Maer was an American costume jewellery designer living in England. He produced jewellery under his own name in the 1950s and created jewellery for Christian Dior from 1952 to 1956. His designs often displayed Victorian influences.
Pieces under his own brand will be marked 'Mitchel Maer' in script while the pieces that he made for Dior will be marked 'CHRISTIAN DIOR BY MITCHEL MAER' on an oval plaque. Sometimes you will find Dior pieces from that era where the plaque has been removed. This is becuase Maer's company went bankrupt in 1956 and brought much of his remaining stock to auction. Mr. Dior insisted that the Christian Dior plaques be removed from any items that were sold at this firesale.
How do you rate the condition of a piece?
Excellent - No visible flaws to note but items may exhibit some signs of age related wear
Very Good - Some visible flaws which aren't considered to impair the wearability of the piece
Good - Some more notable flaws but the piece is still in collectible condition
When will I receive my delivery?
We aim to send packages out the following business day after an order is received. All items will be carefully wrapped in a Gadelles box, finished with a ribbon and placed in a discreet bubble lined envelope, or small parcel box if the order contains multiple items.
UK Mainland Delivery - £2.95 Packages will be sent, insured, via Royal Mail's Tracked 48h service
International Delivery - £12.95 Packages will be sent, insured, via Royal Mail's Tracked International service.
This service is stated to take 3 - 5 business days for delivery to Europe and 6 - 7 business days for delivery to other destinations, however, customs processing time at the destination country is additional to the Royal Mail's estimate.
Please be aware that international deliveries may incur import taxes, to be paid by the purchaser, in their destination country.
How will my purchase be packaged?
Great care will be taken in the wrapping of your vintage jewels to protect them in transit and make the unboxing process pleasant for the buyer.
Your piece of jewellery will be wrapped in our Gadelles material, tied with a ribbon and placed in a Gadelles kraft box.
If the item that you've purchased comes with its own original packaging then your item will be sent in that box, wrapped in kraft paper and tied with a ribbon.
Very fragile items will be protected with extra bubble wrap.
We welcome international orders. Please be aware that orders from outside the UK may incur customs duties for which the buyer is responsible to pay on receipt of purchase. These charges vary by country so please review the rules with your relevant customs authority before purchase.