This early 1940s small flower basket pin is just 1 1/8” wide and 1 1/8” long but it is just so sweet that you will want to add it to your collection of wearable Wartime jewelry.
12 tiny flowers in Red, White, Navy Blue, Kelly Green, Light Blue, Yellow and Butterscotch and one green leaf are tucked into a machine stamped metal flower basket that is detailed as wicker. Each flower is on its own wire and the tiny flower beads are as bright and colorful today as they were when it was made.
Upon close inspection we can see that the basket was once pink but has lost almost all of the this coloration over the years. (seen in my high resolution closeup photos, most notably on the back where the paint overran onto the back) However it has let the bright golden color of the metal revealed and is, on its own, quite lovely.
Turning the pin over we can see the attaching wires are securely in place and the pin closure is made of a simple “C” clasp. While this type of clasp is usually found on Antique pieces of jewelry this pin was made during the Second World War when metals and imported rhinestones were scarce and so the manufacturer of this piece (which was likely found in a 5 and 10 cent store) used less metal and manufacturing by using an older style of clasp.
Condition is very good vintage. As mentioned above there was a painted surface on the front that has
come off, and one tiny nick to the bottom of the basket and is visible if viewing at at an angle. However the blemish is so small I wasn't able to measure it, so it is under 1 mm. Otherwise everything is present and accounted for and in working order.
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