Rare, Huge Sterling Abstract Fish Brooch by Milton Cavagnaro (Item #PM-cavagnaro)
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Fabulous and huge handmade Sterling wirework fish pin by Milton Cavagnaro, a studio jeweler from San Francisco, CA. It measures 3" across and 2" from top to bottom. The design consists of a nearly continuous flat Sterling formed to create an abstract fish. I think it is actually made of a 3 or 4 pieces of wire joined together. The pin stem is integrated into the design, and is a continuation of the wire that forms the fish's eye. This is a large and striking design - and a bit unusual for Cavagnaro, who usually executed his designs in Sterling and wood. The back is signed: CAVAGNARO. The pin is in excellent condition with normal wear from use.
Milton Cavagnaro is a noted West Coast mid-century designer whose work is difficult to find, and is highly collectible. Additional examples of Cavagnaro jewelry are pictured in the books, "Modernist Silver Jewelry 1930-1960" and "Form and Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970" by Marbeth Schon.