The quality of these vintage 1940's - 50's unsigned Selro/Selini Pharaoh Head Earrings really shines through. The pharaoh's plastic head is done so nice that it looks as though it was carved from authentic turquoise. The color is just wonderful. There are also two coral color beads on the top of his left and right shoulder. Decorative filagree leaf work goes from the back of the earrings to the front, surrounding his shoulders. The clip and filagree leaf work are bronze in color. These are one of the best examples of Selro/Selini pieces I've ever seen. They are show stopping pieces and you would get lots of comments on these pieces. They would be fun pieces to wear or would be a great addition to any designer jewelry costume collection.
They measure 1 3/8" tall, 1" wide and 1/4" wide (3/4" adding the coral color bead and the clip).
They are in excellent condition-near to mint shape and look as though they have never been worn. They may have been tucked away in someone's costume jewelry collection.
Paul Selenger, born in Odessa, Russia in 1911, immigrated to the US, settled in New York and became a US citizen in 1942. Before becoming a US citizen, in the 1930s he worked in a novelty shop. Early in his costume jewelry career he worked for the H. Pomerantz & Co. in New York and in the 1940s he opened his own jewelry firm named Selro. Selenger not only designed jewelry for his own company but he also designed jewelry for Hattie Carnegie. Designer and manufacturer, Leo Geller, manufactured some of Selro's pieces from 1960 to 1975. Selenger was also considered an independent manufacturing representative for such companies as Florenza and Capri. After he closed the Selro company, in 1975, he continued to work as a go between with factories and wholesale companies. Selenger also manufactured jewelry under the name of Selini at the same time he was manufacturing jewelry under the Selro name. Some pieces, designed by Selenger himself, may carry both the Selro and Selini marks. Selro/Selini is mostly known for producing figural pieces of Asian, African and Egyptian faces in various colors and textures. Much of Selro/Selini pieces of jewelry are unsigned and may have had hang tags. Though pieces are not marked many can be identified through his use of materials. Some ways to identify his pieces are the use of a heavy, herringbone chain used on lariat necklaces, a finer herringbone chain on smaller, non-lariat necklaces, a unique back on the jewelry, complex settings and decorative filigree leaf prongs on the settings. Selenger's company went out of business in the mid 1970's and he died in 1990. As of today, Selenger's jewelry is enjoyed by collectors for his designs and unique styles of his figural pieces.
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