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Ca. 1940s Vintage Drum Major Pin with Moving Baton

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I am fascinated by these early plastic novelty pins that have some sort of extra mechanism, moving parts or hidden compartments, etc. They are instant conversation starters and reveal the playful side of the wearer. This little drum major would be adorable all on his own even without the extra bell and whistle. He has great coloring in high contrast white and red with black and gold details, and his pose is really striking. But... the baton moves! It's a very simple mechanism, it just swivels back and forth, the two pieces held in place with a little metal rivet. But it makes the pin just that much more unusual and interesting.

The pin is a lightweight white molded plastic with painted details. Mold marks are visible only on the back. It measures about 3" long x 1" at widest. Condition is nearly perfect. There is some really minor wear to the paint on the feet, one elbow, and the stripe on his pants. The hardware functions fine and doesn't appear to have been used much. The baton is in excellent working shape, but I have seen a few of these pins with broken or missing batons, so it should be handled with care. The fuzzy stuff you see in the close-up view is just some dust I missed before taking pics. I have already gone back to clean that up.

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Ca. 1940s Vintage Drum Major Pin with Moving Baton

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: plastic, metal, paint
  • Ships worldwide from Michigan, United States
  • Feedback: 368 reviews
  • Favorited by: 91 people