Presenting a variation on a theme: the popular Asian Water Bearer brooch . . . that was in fact, so popular that the presumed original, made by Rice-Weiner and Co. of Providence, RI, was endlessly copied by other manufacturers, despite the fact that it was presumably protected by a design patent. This brooch? It's one of the many period copies. Unsigned, made from lesser materials (pot metal, vs. the finished gold-wash of the R-W brooch), and varying somewhat in design from the R-W pin. For example, this gentleman's shorts are decorated with rhinestones, while the R-W brooch has enameled bulls-eye-like polka dots. Time period: 1940s, most likely. The Rice-Weiner version was patented in September 1941, and probably did not put in a retail appearance until 1942 or later.
Details: composed of dark silvertone pot metal, with rhinestone and enameled accents. The "water buckets" he is carrying are lamp-worked glass beads, in blue, aventurine, and white. He has little molded sandals on his feet, and pale blue rhinestones on his short. He measures 3" tall and 3" wide. Very good to excellent condition.
It's probably unknown which design came first - the brooch patented by Rice-Weiner and Company, or variations thereof. My money is on the R-W pin being first - it was a beautifully-made pin, gold-washed and nicely enameled, and was labeled on the back with the design patent number, 129,573, on an applied plate. (The R-W brooch is in my personal collection; if you'd like to see pictures, just email me.)