The Billiken is a charming little fellow who brings good luck to his purchaser and even more good luck to whomever receives him as a gift. Billiken was created as a charm doll in 1908 by Florence Pretz, an American art teacher and illustrator from Kansas City, Missouri. Ms. Pretz said this mysterious figure appeared to her in a dream.
The Billiken was associated with the "Mind-Cure" craze of the United States at the start of the 20th century, representing the "no worry" ideal. Indeed, the Billiken's pointed ears, mischievous smile, and tuft of hair on his pointed head has a curious resemblance to Alfred E. Neuman, the famous mascot of Mad Magazine.
The Billiken became known as "The God of Things As They Ought to Be" and was adopted as a mascot for the Shriners group, The Royal Order of Jesters.
Condition: Very Good
Period: We think this cute little guy was made circa 1910-1930 .
Decoration/Polish: High Polish and Matte Finish
Total Weight: 4.5 grams
Diamonds: 3 single cuts, ~ 1.4 mm, .03 ct tw, SI clarity, G-H color
Colored stone eyes are doublets (assembled stone with artificial color layer-- simulates green birthstones)
Size: ~ 1 inch high, ½ inch wide
Billiken Diamond 14K Gold Tie Tac