Monday, July 23, 2012

Antique Pin Carved Celluloid Coral Roses 1930s Victorian Jewelry $65


Im certain that you know that rose celluloid jewelry has been made for many years. Actually, it has been made for over 100 years now and the abundance of rose celluloid jewelry that you will find is from the 1950s or 1960s. 

Celluloid jewelry over the past 100 years was made mainly in Germany, Japan, and the US. There were very nice quality pieces made after WWII, but finding pieces like this pin that were made in the 1920-1930 era is very difficult these days.

It takes a trained eye to know the difference between pieces that are really old, and pieces that are more recent - but it is not a hard thing to learn. The main difference is not in the celluloid itself, but in the designs, and the way in which the pieces of jewelry were made. 

This bar pin is a Victorian style that was made in the late Edwardian period, around 1915-1920. The pin has 3 roses are set in circular frames of leaves. The leaves were machine etched to catch the light and were dipped in gold. The color of the celluloid is also a very old color. The color is a muted shade of cinnamon orange and the roses are hand carved - not molded. 

If you look closely at the tips of the flower petals, you can see what you might think are flakes or chips but it is simply from the knife blade when the roses were carved. This is something you dont often see - old celluloid roses that were actually hand carved. This pin was also most likely made in Germany, not Japan or the US.

It measures 2" long x 3/4" tall and is in superb condition. The roses are perfect with no chips or other imperfections and there is no loss of gold on the front or back of the frame. The pin has the original fine working C clasp and is perfectly clean all around.

Comes gift wrapped and shipped in a new presentation jewelry box.
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