1940s Elzac Handpainted Porcelain Face Head Pin Woman w/ Wool Hair - image 1 of 4

This dramatic turquoise blue ethnic face pin is from a series of whimsical and unique figural pins made by Elzac in the early 1940s.
Who was 'Elzac'?...are you ready for this interesting bit of trivia? The creators of Elzac were Ruth and Elliot Handler (along with Zac Zembly) who sold their share in Elzac in 1944 and went on to start Mattel the following year. Yes, Mattel...maker of Barbie and other toys. After making these pins in their garage where they started the Elzac company, they went on to even greater success (that's putting it mildly).

The Elzac pins were made during a tough time for jewelry makers. It was the start of WWII and metals and other materials were needed for war use. So the creative jewelry people used ceramics, wood, wool, fabrics, fur, leather, rhinestones, and Lucite. Some of their pins are so notable for their adornment, they're called 'Victims of Fashion' pins.

This Victim of Fashion pin is as creative as it gets. Her striking porcelain turquoise face has neon green eyes, wool hair (or headdress) and plastic double ring earrings. The porcelain face is backed on wood. Her red lipstick needs a touch up but she's ready to impress.

The pin measures about 3 inches across by 3 inches high. The back has the original ~C~ clasp.

Elzac pins were not marked other than with a hangtag or paper label which quickly got lost.

All Elzac pins are very collectible. They represent an era of great creativity and fashion and faces you just don't forget.

Excellent vintage condition. Circa early 1940s.

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1940s Elzac Handpainted Porcelain Face Head Pin Woman w/ Wool Hair


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