Wooden Indian Totem Pole Brooch Carved and Painted Book Piece
The cowboy and Indian Western movies of the 1930s and 40s were so popular their influence was felt even in the fashion world. Women loved the cheery colors of carved costume jewelry that were painted up to depict Western motif. This totem pole is nearly 4 inch in height and is a very rare find, as most collectors who are fortunate to have one in their personal collection know well. The paint on this piece is super nice with red, green, yellow and white. We are excited to have a Bakelite totem pole pin to offer as well. Get them both for a set that is sure to bring you years of compliments.
So, which came first, the carved wood figural jewelry or the carved Bakelite? According to Schiffer's book Wooden Jewelry and Novelties, the raw materials used in manufacturing plastics was dwindling as it was used for provisions for the troops during the war years. So the bright and witty designs of Bakelite came first, and were so delightful they were extensively repeated in novelty wood creations.