This vintage 1950s trolley pin by Tortolani has so much character in its stylized curvy shape, we almost expect it to belt out 'I Left My Heart in San Francisco'.
Yes, this charming cable car takes you back to MARKET & HYDE (as the signs says) and the faux pearls are the lights that lead the way.
The pin is made of hand-cast pewter and has a gold-clad textured hand-polished finish. It measures 1 1/2 by 1 1/2 inches. The back has a secure rollover clasp and is signed TORTOLANI.
This great classic figural pin is featured in the book 'Signed Beauties of Costume Jewelry' by Marcia Brown - page 229...valued at $125 in 2006.
Tortolani Jewelry (1950 to 1976) was founded by Italian born Francisco Tortolani who created an award-winning line of costume jewelry. They were known for their three-dimensional and highly detailed pieces. The company ceased operations in l976.
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Signed Tortolani San Francisco Trolley Pin Brooch Figural 1950s