Isn't this the cutest comic character ever? Named the Kewpie doll, the character was first invented by cartoonist Rose O'Neill around 1909 and quickly became an international hit. The Kewpie was described by Rose O'Neill as "a sort of little round fairy whose one idea is to teach people to be merry and kind at the same time", and was often thought of as a good luck token in a time of uncertainty on the verge of WW1. The name 'Kewpie' derives from Cupid, the Roman god of erotic love.
Gold kewpies, such as this one, are becoming increasingly scarce. The good-sized hollow Kewpie pendant dates back to the late Edwardian era, circa 1910's. It is made of 9ct yellow rose gold - a charming rose glow with a yellow tinge. This Kewpie features little angel wings, along with all the typical quirky attributes- large glancing eyes, a quaint little smile (don't you wonder what is he thinking?!), raised eyebrows, along with tiny ear, hand and feet profiles. As well, his little backside is beautifully detailed with plump bum cheeks, and he has a little pocket of hair on top. So adorable!
There are stamps on the reverse side - "9CT" along with likely the makers mark - "C&SL". A loop is soldered to the back half of head. This kewpie pendant is not the typical small charm size, measuring 3.70cm (1 1/2" inch) tall, not including ring.
A quirky and most adorable little character, steeped with oodles of endearing history! A rare little charm for the Kewpie lover or collector!
ERA: late Edwardian- circa 1910's
MATERIAL: 9k yellow rose gold
STAMP: "9CT" "C&SL"
WEIGHT: 2.04 grams
KEWPIE SIZE: 3.70cm tall ( 1 1/2" inches) (not including ring)
CONDITION: The overall condition of the Kewpie charm is very good. Consistent with age there is some surface wear, and a couple of minor dings as the charm is hollow. There is remnants of yellow gilding, adding further depth and character.
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