A number of clip brooches had sharp prong type pins (as opposed to the rounded ends of those in the clips I provided links to in my earlier post.) For example see https://www.langantiques.com/vintage-jewelry/pins-and-brooches/art-deco-double-clip-brooch.html Clips with such pins allow them to be worn on hats etc and not necessarily as clips attached to the necklines of dresses. I suspect that any clips attached to hats had to have either pointed prongs or a standard brooch fitting.
Nellie's opinion --- that the brooch, which Baxter has called a geometric brooch, --- may be a set of clips may be correct. I do not deny that, but I do have reservations about whether the current Duchess wore the jewel/s as clips on her suit coat in 2003. To me it seems that the jewel/s worn by the Duchess was/were utilised as one jewel, either as a single piece or as clips joined by a frame - as I indicated in my earlier post.
Obviously what constitutes a "clasp" has several different meanings, and will depend on the context or a person's interpretation of what constitutes a clasp.
The current Duchess of Gloucester wore another jewel, a floral brooch, to join the edges of the same suit on a separate occasion. In my opinion the brooch was used as a clasp on that occasion, even though most would call it a brooch in normal parlance.
My point is --- any item with a pin attachment can be a clasp on clothing. A clasp attachment on a necklace, bracelet etc is another matter.
: I thought that many pairs of clips come with
: a fitting to form a brooch.
: Not unusual.
: Edit: actually, to form a clasp.
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