Vintage late 1940s into early 1950s Lang chatelaine-style sterling brooches are linked by a double swag of chain, and feature two of the company’s popular motifs—a ring of Dutch children dancing, and an old-fashioned birdcage, here transformed into a lantern with topaz rhinestone chaton for a flame.
Both brooches are charmingly detailed: The headgear is different on each of the two boys and two girls, and the lantern cage has a realistic domed curve to it, balanced by the extravagantly wrought metal scrolls it appears to hang from. Both brooches are stamped “Sterling Lang" with the familiar swan-logo "S", with the lantern brooch stamped "STERLING" as well; both fasten with safety clasp pin stems, placed horizontally on the Dutch children brooch back, and vertically on the lantern.
The Providence, RI-based Lang Jewelry Company was in business from the mid-1940s through the late 1970s, and at the time this brooch was made had a showroom on Fifth Ave. in NYC. A 1949 classified ad seeking salesmen to promote the company’s lines in the Midwest reports that it manufactured both stamped and cast sterling as well as gold plated jewelry.
Photo #9 shows a 1947 ad with a Lang birdcage brooch quite similar to the lantern brooch in this chatelaine; the birdcage is a much more commonly seen variant of the motif, sometimes with a single bird inside and sometimes with one inside and a second perched outside singing to it. Another variant puts horses inside the cage, turning it into a carousel. Both the more unusual lantern variant in this piece and the late 40s/early 50s chatelaine styling make it a must-have for the Lang collector!
The Dutch children brooch measures 1 3/8” across and 1” high, the lantern measures 1 ¼” across and 2” high, and the swag between the two brooches is 5” long.
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Vintage 40s/50s Lang Sterling Chatelaine Brooches Dutch Children & Lantern