Flying Colors ceramic jewelry is always fun and often whimsical. This is black ceramic dog with a tiny red tongue. It reminds me of my daughter's black Lab, Lucy - wagging her tail and eager to play!
Measurements: Pin is 2 1/4 inches wide by 1 1/3 inches tall.
Condition: Excellent - there is very minor crazing in the glaze and a rough spot on a front leg which can be seen with a loupe. Please review all photographs as they form an important part of the description.
Marks: "© FLYING COLORS" stamped on the back.
Company History: The original company was called Parrot Pearls and was founded in 1975 in San Francisco. Their trademark, easily recognizable pieces are ceramic jewelry in fanciful shapes such as animals, flowers, and incorporating colorful beads made into necklaces and pins. These were artisan companies with hand finished products. Parrot Pearls split off in the 1980's into Flying Colors (run by former Parrot Pearl employees) and into Ruby Z, owned by two of the original founders of PP, Bean Finneran and Candace Loheed. The Ruby Z, Flying Colors and Parrot Pearls were never mass produced and have been featured in collectors' books such as Ann Mitchell Pitman's "Inside the Jewelry Box, Vol. 2" (pages 7 -13) and Kathy Flood's "Warman's Jewelry Guide, 4th Ed." (pages 219 - 221).