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Created by Paul Selenger, who first made the Selro line and a few years later the Selini line. Both were very popular in the 40s and 50s and his company produced beautiful jewelry from the late 1940's till 1975.
This Asian Princess Pin or Brooch is from the late 50s (55-59) It is unsigned, as few were, but is definitely his work and has manufacture markings. I don't think the mark, shown in the last photo was meant to be the Selro or Selini marks.
She measures 1 2/8” long and 7/8” wide at the widest point. She is set in a silver colored metal base that provides a high and embellished hat. The hat is part of the assembly and helps to hold her in place. It also affords a place for “her jewelry”, two large hoop earrings that are 5/8” across, and at her neck a faux pearl completes her regal look.
On the back we see more of the one piece construction she is set into and the secure thumb clasp which works wonderfully. In the last photo, which was enhanced to try and bring up the detail, you can clearly make out an impression and an “S” some other odd makings and letters too, but as stated above, I think this was production marking and could possibly make this piece a rare find indeed.
Condition is Very Good Vintage: She has some loss of paint where the red has worn but do remember that this is a high resolution close up photo and it shows larger than it actually is, or what you can see with the unaided eye. I simply want you to be able to see all the warts and flaws. Metal is free of any plate loss. She does have some red paint on her right earring loop and the earring itself. This happened at manufacture as she was hand painted, and actually attests to the completeness of her original quality. I have only lightly cleaned her with a damp cloth ans soft paintbrush, and I do see in my photo's where she can stand a bit more. Otherwise this pin has all of her eyebrows and eyes and other defining features are all original.
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FYI: Paul Selenger, the maker of this fine line of jewelry only ever created three faces. There was the Asian woman's face, which is also called by some Thai girl or Asian Princess, An African Face that some call a Devil Face but I am not sure why, and an old Asian man's face. All were used in different setting and colors and materials to change the look.
No other faces have been attributed to Selenger. This information can be easily found through research and if you are reading through descriptions and they are telling you differently, you may want to question how they know what they say to be correct.
My jewelry comes boxed and in a lovely presentation bag ready for gift giving...to yourself or a friend.
Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: Black / Silver / Red / White, Size: 1 2/8in L x 7/8in W
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Selro Black and Red Colored Asian Princess Pin or Brooch
$23 USD SOLD
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