These old plastic pins by Uncas are quickly becoming popular for collectors of 1940's plastic jewelry. Nicholas Barbieri was a designer for this company which began in 1911 in Providence, RI. It is still making costume jewelry for today's market. There is no Uncas signature (letter U with an arrow), but this piece was identified by the patent number on the back of the pin. A copy of the patent identifies this pin with figural drawings and reports it was presented for patent approval on September 29, 1942.
At that time Barbieri was a designer for Uncas and his designs were frequently animals, such as elephants, dogs, horses, etc. Pin represents a horse and buggy. Still its original caramel brown color. Steel metal pin on the back was recently replaced to latch to the original "c" plastic hook. Everything else is completely as manufactured. Good condition with only a bit of chipping on the back of the buggy top. Nice warm color. Measures 3-1/4" long and buggy is 1-1/8" tall. Copy of patent available on request.