We'll just say the obvious. This is a wacky old pin. Who would think to make a sterling silver figural pin of a bucket with a mop and broom?
Apparently, quite a few people...and all very serious about their jewelry. This circa 1930s pin was made by Black, Starr & Gorham. The back is also marked STERLING BY CINI.
Black, Starr, and Frost was considered one of the great American jewelers. In 1876, they were invited to exhibit at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia along with renowned firms like Tiffany & Co., Whiting, and Gorham. In 1939, the company was one of five American jewelers invited to exhibit at the New York World’s Fair. In 1929, Black, Starr merged with Gorham to become Black, Starr, Frost - Gorham. Cini was a jewelry company specializing in sterling silver. At some point in the 1930s (maybe for the World's Fair exhibit), they all got together and made this pin.
It measures 1 3/4 inches across by 2 1/8 inches high. It weighs 7.1 grams. The back has a secure rollover clasp.
The front of the bucket is engraved with the letters WAM. We couldn't find any reference to it but maybe it stands for WOMEN AGAINST MOPPING. Unpolished, excellent condition.
Click on FAVORITE SHOP and be the first to see our newest listings.