This unsigned pin of a World War II French couple performing the Apache dance has long been attributed to the Coro Jewelry Company. In fact, this pin is a copy of a more expensive pin by Dujay, which is currently on the market for over $1800. Signed or not, copy or not, this 1940s pin is still a wonderful creation of rhodium plated base metal, rhinestones and enameling. For those people who are unfamiliar with the Apache dance, it is, according to Wikipedia, a dance that reenacts a violent "discussion" between a pimp and a prostitute. It includes mock slaps and punches, the man picking up and throwing the woman to the ground, or lifting or carrying her while she struggles or feigns unconsciousness." Again, according to Wikipedia, the origin of the dance begins in "Fin de siecle Paris where young members of street gangs were labeled Apaches by the press because of the ferocity of their savagery towards one another, a name taken from the native North American indigenous people, the Apache. In 1908 dancers Maurice Mouvet and Max Dearly began to visit the low bars frequented by the Apache in search of inspiration for new dances. They formulated the new dance from moves seen there and gave it the name Apache (pronounced ah-PAHSH, not un-PATCH-ee, like the English pronunciation of the Native American tribe.)" In mint condition, the pin measures 1.7" x 1.7"
Item ID: RL-0149
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