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Rose Brooch 1920s Celluloid Jewelry Pink and Brown

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Vintage rose brooch, celluloid coral pink rose flower brooch with brown leaves. A realistic rose flower pin, 3 dimensional. Painted celluloid 1920s jewelry with wear and a shabby quaintness. It reminds me of an icing rose.

This pin is a camphor celluloid piece, made prior to 1927. After that, celluloid was made without camphor and will not have the camphor, or moth-ball-esque smell.

Very light weight, possibly featherlite celluloid. It is sculpted, rather than molded or carved, like many celluloid pieces of the era.

The petals of the flower are very thin and create a very realistic bloom. The leaf that is rests on, looks like a maple leaf from behind, and is caramel color that has faded with time, and is quite detailed.

This piece reminds me of a well made old-school icing rose, only the colors are muted and much more subtly beautiful than cake icing!

Size:
2.25" x 2.25" x 1.75" deep or 5.7 cm x 5.7 cm x 4.4 cm

Condition:
Good vintage. Structurally, perfect. No chips, cracks of damage, despite its extremely fragile nature. There is obvious wear, in that the paint (or what I believe to be paint) is chipping and bubbling in numerous spots throughout, especially on the back leaf. There is also some fading, I believe, although the marbling look in the pink petals may have been inherent to the piece, but that is unclear. If you research celluloid, you will learn about its unstable and fragile nature, especially when exposed to heat or excessive dryness, or certain chemicals. This is part of the reason why it is not produced much today. There is often reference to pieces becoming "sick", meaning they have been negatively affected by time and/or elements. This piece may be afflicted a bit, considering the wear and bubbling on the surface color. But, the actual celluloid have not worn away or changed. The shabby nature of the finish makes it all that more appealing.

A beautiful piece for the celluloid collector, the vintage lover or the seeker of artifacts from the 1920s.

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Rose Brooch 1920s Celluloid Jewelry Pink and Brown

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1920s
  • Materials: celluloid, camphor celluloid, featherlite, featherlite celluloid, feather lite celluloid, feather lite, natural plastic, first plastic, metal, paint
  • Ships worldwide from New York, United States
  • Feedback: 315 reviews
  • Favorited by: 106 people