Bill Smith Richelieu Black Lucite Bead and Tassel Cape

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Amazing rare black bead and metal Bill Smith cape with silk tassel accents. One size. Can be used in a variety of ways as shown. The piece has a hook and tassel design which can be worn in the front or back. The beads appear to be a quality lucite and almost looks like glass. From an important larger collection that was unearthed recently. This black style, I have not seen before. Some of the items retained tags and or a museum label. This one doesn't have the Bill Smith richelieu tag, but is archived as his work. It was purchased along with some examples that did have the original paper tags from the same collection. Also, it has tell tail signs such as the tassels and construction details. I have seen a close match for it in pearl, but again not black. Great archival yet wearable piece. Condition is excellent. Circa 1969. A bit before in 1968, he became VP at Richelieu. Coty award winning jewelry designer. Read more about his work on my blogazine.
Bill Smith Richelieu
Bill Smith Richelieu
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Litchfield County, CT
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Sarara Couture
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Litchfield County CT 06759
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(770) 415-8611
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