I knew when I saw this amazing brooch that it was a famous piece and I had seen it in many books. It took me a while to go through my books, but I discovered that I was right about its rarity and specialness. It is by American designer Rice-Weiner and referred to as Chinese Water Boy brooch. The brooch was made in 1941 and was the original design of Louis C. Mark. This famous brooch can be seen in Brunialti's "American Costume Jewelry, N-Z" on page 40. It is hallmarked Pat D129,753 on the back and as seen in the pictures. The patent was issued on September 16, 1941. The original patent depicts detailed line drawings of this brooch exactly as we see it here. This huge figural pin is set in yellow gold tone metal with enamel accents on his blue and white spotted shorts and a brush of pale green over his left shoulder. The pole carries on each side cloisonne enamel balls each decorated with gold designs. The details of the brooch are exceptional and it looks so interesting and fabulous when worn.
It is 3 1/3 inches at its longest and 3 inches at its widest. The condition is good, but as one would expect, there is wear on the back, minimal enamel wear and some wear on the gold tone that I did ot try to clean. When worn, nothing is really visible to the naked eye. Overall, a great example of this important piece of costume jewelry.
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