Thursday, October 21, 2010

Italian Pin The World on the Moon Serenade Brooch 1950s Vintage Jewelry $95

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It is easy to fall in love with this rare vintage 1950s " World on the Moon" Italian pin.

This theme pin represents the Italian Opera "Mondo della Luna" and this pin was most likely only sold at Opera houses in Italy and was not made for export. You might look your whole life and never find another pin like this one as production was very limited.

The pin has the orignal paper price hang tag that reads Made in Italy, and the hand written price of 795 Lira. To the best of my calculations, in 1950's Italy, this pin cost a little less than a buck and a half; a token memento from the Opera. Imagine being able to go the opera today and get anything for a buck fifty ! That wont buy a pack of gum!

The pin is made of brilliant 24kt gold plated metal. It is a thin plating, similar to the way in which Spanish Damascene jewelry was made. The gold metal is pierced with tiny die stamp details that creates a very rich, elegant look : another technique very similar to Damascene jewelry.

The man is sereanding the lady with a mandolin and the lady wears an big hoop Victorian dress and holds a fancy fan in her hand. A moonlight serenade, as the lovers sit in a dreamy light blue enameled crescent moon.

The pin is medium in size at 1 3/4" wide x 1 1/2" tall or 4.4 cm x 3.8 cm. The entire pin is in pristine clean like new unworn condition with no imperfections. The back has the original fine working C clasp.
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