A series of lady’s head pins were called “Victim of Fashion” by a California company named Elzac during WWII but we think this pin is representative of a fashion trendsetter of its day! The ceramic head has a lovely brown glaze with closed eyes, pencil-thin eyebrows and pursed heart-shaped lips. Her hat is made of blue felt with a wooden bead and feathers. It is further accented by a faded yellow and faded pinkish-red fabric. Her hair is black felt and her earrings are two huge pinkish-red loops of either celluloid or wood. She is attached to a wooden back. It measures 3 1/2" wide and is 3 1/4" high. It is in very good condition but the buyer must also consider its age and the fact that the fabric has a faded look as does the wooden ball. All parts are original to the piece.
Elzac was best known for its fashionable face brooches and whimsical animals. They used ceramic, metals, fabrics, feathers, celluloid and lucite in their creations. Owner Elliott Handler and his wife went on to help found the Mattel Toy Company™. Elzac was in business only a short time during WWII.