These earrings are adapted from Clayton Knight’s 1927 pattern “Manhattan”. It was produced by the Stehli Silk Corporation as a dress fabric. The pattern reflects the influence of Italian Futurism with its strong diagonals suggesting the dynamism of modern life. Clayton Knight (1891-1969) was a well-known American aviation artist. He was also the father of Hilary Knight, author of "Heloise," the little girl who lived in New York's Plaza Hotel. Clayton Knight had served with a British fighter squadron in WWI, when, along with Billy Bishop, he helped to organize the Eagle Squadrons, volunteer American fighter pilots who flew with the RAF before Pearl Harbor.Solid brass, electro-plated with non-tarnishing silver finish, giclee print, hand applied epoxy, ear wires are hypo-allergenic.