Art Deco Celluloid Horse Buggy Brooch C 1920's
Molded in sections and then put together so that it has a 3D shadow box effect. The detailing is most impressive. The lady is wearing a large, Gibson Girl type hat while driving a late 19th century pony cart (a light 2wheeled little buggy used frequently by ladies for quick shopping trips etc).
Minute detailing is great –the bridle in the horse's mouth, the hitching apparatus, wheel, cart and lovely lady in blue complete with buggy whip. Horse is seen in a nice prance or trot with his mane flying in the breeze.
A green tree branch is above the center of the horse and some nice green grass can be seen beneath his legs.
Surrounding this scene is a large raised oval the same color as the horse. Light center oval is framed by a lovely reticulated frame of repeated swirls.
Most of the hand painted highlights still remains. Of course there are some spots that the paint has worn off a bit. For its age, it's in wonderful condition.
Incised JAPAN on back of safety pin type clasp. Measures 2" x1-5/8"
Celluloid was the first thermoplastic, known first as Parkesine in 1862 and then as Xylonite in1869. In 1870 it was registered as celluloid. Because it could be molded and shaped easily, it was widely used as a replacement for ivory.
Item ID: CJBC1105-1096
Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: CREAM/BLACK/GREEN, Size: 2" x1-5/8"
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