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The one-of-a-kind (OOAK) antique mustard gold IOWA brooch / lapel pin is an upcycled piece of an antique 1887 wood geography map puzzle. This is a rare & unique piece of wearable history! The two-sided puzzle made in 1887 by Rev. E.J. Clemens was made from solid wood and cut along color lines of the states. It has a United States map dated 1883 from Clemens, of Clayville, New York, on the front side. The back of the puzzle contains a Sherwin Williams ad. The puzzle was part of the "Silent Teacher" Dissected Maps of the United States puzzle series, which were created and distributed to teach US geography to immigrants.

The Sherwin Williams ad has imagery about the availability of the paint for use of the paints and colors for railway cars; as quick-drying coach colors (the horse-drawn type); as well as distemper fresco colors for interior decoration; and, as being available as family paints in small cans - the perfection of convenience.

The IOWA piece measures 7/8" x 1-1/4" (2.222 cm x 3.175 cm). The brooch/lapel pin has a locking pin clasp on the back and has been given two coats of matte acrylic sealer to protect the surface. Please use zoom on the state brooch photo to view the actual condition of this 19th century puzzle piece.

The brooch/lapel pin will be affixed to cardstock with a photo of the 1887 puzzle header, as well as a small history of the puzzle and its origins.

This brooch/lapel pin is from my pet-free and smoke-free home and has not been worn.
Need a unique gift idea for a friend, colleague or loved one who is a US native? You undoubtedly have American-born friends, loved ones or colleagues who have roots in the US state they were born in, and they might really appreciate a unique & affordable gift that is a piece of wearable history. If you are a politician, you represent a certain state in the halls of Congress or the state Legislature, and you would stand out from your colleagues with a wearable history lapel pin of your state! I have hundreds of US State brooches/lapel pins available - all are upcycled wood puzzle pieces from 1887 through the 1970s era. If you go to the link for my shop www.Etsy.com/shop/ME2Designs and then in the search bar at top that is titled "This Shop", type in a state name, everything I have available for that state will appear in the search results.

View other items in my shop - www.Etsy.com/shop/ME2Designs or browse through sections of my shop:

* USA History wood brooches/lapel pins - all upcycled wood pieces: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ME2Designs?section_id=5718859

* Global history wood brooches/lapel pins: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ME2Designs?section_id=5550578

* Original fashion for her: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ME2Designs?section_id=5533893

* Fashion accessories: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ME2Designs?section_id=5533891

* Handmade brooches and lapel pins: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ME2Designs?section_id=5609356

* Vintage fashion for her: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ME2Designs?section_id=5533889

* Handmade home decor items: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ME2Designs?section_id=5533895

* Vintage home decor finds: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ME2Designs?section_id=5533890

* Handmade holiday themed items: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ME2Designs?section_id=5609354

* Handmade paper goods: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ME2Designs?section_id=7018419

Thank you for looking!

IOWA Brooch - Lapel Pin / Upcycled 1887 Antique Wood Geography Map Piece / Antique Mustard Gold / Wearable History / OOAK


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: antique 1887 iowa wood puzzle piece, locking pin clasp, jewelry adhesive
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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