I love the wit in this piece, a small basket upended with a pile of aces tumbling out. Interestingly, the patent for this can be found at the US Patent Office (although you may need to install an ActiveX control to view the TIFF file) here http://patimg2.uspto.gov/.piw?Docid=D0156981&homeurl=http%3A%2F%2Fpatft.uspto.gov%2Fnetacgi%2Fnph-Parser%3FSect1%3DPTO1%2526Sect2%3DHITOFF%2526d%3DPALL%2526p%3D1%2526u%3D%25252Fnetahtml%25252FPTO%25252Fsrchnum.htm%2526r%3D1%2526f%3DG%2526l%3D50%2526s1%3DD156981.PN.%2526OS%3DPN%2FD156981%2526RS%3DPN%2FD156981&PageNum=&Rtype=&SectionNum=&idkey=NONE&Input=View+first+page.
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The patent dates the piece to September 17, 1949 and describes the company as “Charms by Marchal”. The clip, with two prongs on the back, is not signed.