Offered is an unusual early 1900s kitschy confusing brooch. Due to the construction and subject matter, I believe this brooch dates from around 1910-1930, Edwardian to Art Deco periods. This is an odd piece, it combines egyptian revival, lucky billikens, what looks like a sultan or oriental style head and of course monkeys. These were all themes popular at the turn of the century. Darwin and monkeys were a topic, orientalism, Egyptian tombs being opened, and the good luck bilikens. The maker of this brooch went a little crazy and decided to cover all these topics in one piece of jewelry.
It's a nicely made piece. Gilt or gold wash over brass. There are tiny bezel set jewels above each of the heads on the top portion of the brooch, and the sultan head has jeweled eyes, so it is a nicely constructed piece. The pin / brooch fastens with an old "C" clasp. It is a larger piece, it measures 3" across x 2 1/2" long. It is in very good vintage condition with no damage. Minor wear to the gilt.
If you like unusual, conversation starting jewelry..... this piece is it!!!
Kitschy Early 1900s Egyptian Revival Biliken Brooch