Vintage early 1940s carved lucite figural brooch depicts a flying insect—bee, wasp, or perhaps a speckled beetle. The clear lucite of the piece glows with a mottled golden-brown hue thanks to the swirls artfully painted on its underside. Touches of paint—including a grass-green “V”--define the insect’s head and eyes as well, and it has a brass wire “collar” around its neck, as if to domesticate it!
Extremely popular in the early to mid-40s, figural clear lucite brooches ranged from the elegant, with rhinestone-studded bodies and sterling settings, to the whimsical, and represented everything from frogs to birds, from beetles to butterflies. This brooch, which falls clearly in the humbler category, is the first non-“Jelly Belly” insect I’ve encountered.
Measuring 2.5” long and 2” wide at the wingtips, the brooch has an embedded c-clasp pinback and is in excellent condition.
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