Anyone who can use old plumbers tools to create animals out of tin cans that end up being discovered by the director of the Whitney Museum in N.Y. must be something special. And that's exactly the story of Frank (Francisco) Rebajes and his unique talents. He was one of the first craft jewelers in Greenwich Village and his quirky art deco / modernist designs helped coin the phrase 'wearable art'.
This vintage 1950s pin by Rebajes is from a mask series he did. The pin is hand-hammered in copper, beveled at the edges and curled up at two of them. The masks are raised up from the oxidized copper plaque.
Pin measures 2 1/2 by 2 1/8 inches. There's a minor bend to the back pin but the rollover clasp keeps the pin secure. Signed REBAJES on the back.
Beautiful aged copper patina on this two stone-faced masks design.
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