This is my absolute favorite object that I found in years. I have always been a plastic addict so perhaps that has added to the allure of this piece to me.
This is a figural umbrella and was made of celluloid. The ribbing of the umbrella was hand carved and you can feel the indentations all around the piece. It was hand painted with enamel and there is a Japanese woman (I believe a Geisha.) She was painted from behind so you can see fantastic detail of her robe and hair. She also holds a pink and white umbrella in her hand. There is also a single balloon at the top of the scene. I am certain there is some significance to the red and white balloon. There is threading inside of the umbrella's handle and when you unscrew it, it reveals the gold colored fountain tipped pen. You then flip the pen around and screw it into place. It then becomes a workable pen. I am sure this was never used and was likely always a display piece. There is no sign of ink at all.
The Pen.. When the umbrella is closed it measures 3" x 1/2" at its widest portion. When the pen is open and screwed into place it measures 4 1/2" long from the top to the tip of the nib. It is lightweight and a small pen. My guess is that this was a woman's pen. The nib is signed PECIA PEN. The condition is excellent. The only thing to possibly mention is that on the ivory colored ribbed handle, it is just slightly askew. It was probably left out on a dresser near direct sun. It does not affect the integrity of this beautiful piece in the least.
I am uncertain of the Country of Origin. It may have been a souvenir that was sold in Japan. This just screams Art Deco and it is circa 1920. This is a fascinating, unique and unusual piece. If you are a fountain pen collector or perhaps just a collector of fine and unusual deco items, this most certainly is good enough for the finest of collections. Questions are always welcome and encouraged.
Information on Celluloid.... Celluloid was such a fantastic material to work with. So many beautiful pieces were created with it. The possibilities were really endless. Some of the most stunning purses, compacts and vanity items were created with this material. Also jewelry such as pendants, necklaces and bangles were created with celluloid. If left uncolored, it emulated and looks very much like ivory. The downside was the celluloid was highly combustible. It is the earliest of all plastics however it was very dangerous to work with. So many people were injured and killed in celluloid factories that in the year 1937, there was a law that closed every working celluloid factory in the world. After the celluloid factories were closed, Bakelite started to be used. It was a much harder plastic and not as easy to work with. Any celluloid object that you may come across was produced prior to year 1937.
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