This rare exceptional double boomerang pin is by Modernist Ed Wiener, circa mid 1960s.
It's made of solid 14K yellow gold (except for the white metal pin on the back which we've seen on other pieces by Weiner). Marked '14K' on the inside of the gold rollover clasp. Wiener did sign much of his work, but not all of it, especially if the pieces were small or a mark would mar their appearance. This pin is not small but given the width of the boomerangs, a signature might have been difficult to place. The 14K was hard enough to find.
This pin measures 3 by 1 7/8 inches. It weighs 24.8 grams (15.9 dwt.)... very substantial in both weight and design.
There's some age-appropriate surface wear to the gold (which can be buffed out by a jeweler). The gold sheen is still excellent. The design is iconic. The workmanship is what made Ed Weiner one of the best known studio jewelry designers of the Modernist era. His work is featured in every book on the topic of Modernist jewelry.
About ED WIENER - Ed Wiener worked out of Provincetown and Manhattan beginning in 1946 and then opened a shop in Greenwich Village from the mid-1950s. He was influenced by the work of Alexander Calder (as is obvious in this pin design). Wiener was also influenced by fellow New York City Modernist jewelry contemporaries Sam Kramer and Art Smith.
Weiner tended to concentrate on work that had no machinery intervention in the process and preferred everything to be done by hand. When Wiener began making jewelry in the 1940s he worked mostly in sterling silver, with a few pieces done in 14K gold. His work shows a strong interest in abstract expressionism. Later in his career, he became interested in Medieval jewelry and started working in 18K almost exclusively during the last decade of his career. He worked till his death in 1986.
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