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This Signed Swoboda Golden Plated Birds Nest Tree Branch with Pearl and Turquoise Accents is astonishing when held in the hand.
It measures 1 1/2" long and 1 3/8" wide approximately.
This pin depicts a mother bird tending to her nest in a tree branch. However this is no ordinary branch as the entire pin has been covered in gold colored plating. Each of this branches nine (9) golden leaves holds a small polished blue green turquoise stone, each between 3mm and 4mm in length approximately.
This branch also holds a birds nest of golden plating that hold three (3) 3 mm cultured pearls which were said to be of the very best quality cultured pearls in the industry. The iridescent coloring does not come through well in the photographs, but oh, so lovely to see in person.
Tending to this nest is a finely detailed carved bone bird painted in shades of violet. She even has tiny speckling on her underbelly and sides, and her dainty tiny feet rest partly on one of the turquoise leaves.
Turning the pin over we observe that the fine detailing of the branch has continued throughout the underside also and a substantial pin has been securely attached with matching colored solder. This pin mechanism and thumb clasp work as perfectly as the day the pin was created.
Condition of this pin is excellent Vintage. One can not tell if the pin is days old or made many years ago. I can detect no flaws, scratches or marks of any detraction on this beauty.
This particular Swoboda creation dates to 1968 when it was bought in Philadelphia by my then future Mother-in-Law.
FYI: Edward Swoboda
In 1956 Edward Swoboda had the brilliant idea to make upscaled costume jewelry. Using high quality plating on base metal, the best gemstones and cultured pearls in highly detailed and amazing pins, brooches, necklaces, bracelets and rings.
In 1957 Nathan (Nate) Waxman signed on as an apprentice and quickly became an important figure in the Swoboda company, eventually designing and in charge of sales distribution for the company.
Swoboda Jewelry was sold in the leading department stores Bloomingdale’s, Ciros, Dillard's , Goldwater's, Gumps, Harrod's of London, Marshall Fields, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue. But also maintained showrooms in Dallas, New York and the companies base in Los Angeles.
Swoboda jewelry was only marked with a hangtag from 1956 to 1966, at which time it began using the SWOBODA trademark, and on small pieces where the full name would not fit SWO Inc.
Swoboda creations were very popular with Hollywood actresses that wanted a very expensive look at reasonable prices. And his work was commissioned by Nancy Reagan as First Lady of California.
The company closed in 1978, however Nate Waxman, one of the leading designers of the company has his own line, and also has reissued some of the Swoboda pieces. Carefully applying clear distinction drawn between reissues and the original Swoboda jewelry line.
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Signed Swoboda Bird Nest Tree Branch with Cultured Pearl and Turquoise Accents