This set of 3 novelty pins were originally meant as souvenirs of a trip to Australia.
We were lucky to find these unique cabochon pins as new old stock - never used - in a
Brooklyn, New York warehouse. They are cleverly made and are in shabby-chic shape. There is an ever so bit of wear - we couldn't even see it until we took the photo! They are in great shape for a NOVELTY item created in the mid 20th century.
It appears that the cabs are made of metal and that the image has been transferred onto
the cabochon either by printing or some other method.
We make a point of not cleaning vintage items - just in case! We wouldn't want to ruin
the value. We are quite sure that you won't need to clean them.
If you care to do so, you might re-work these into assemblage pieces by removing the
cabochon and applying a new image, or, indeed by replacing it with something else. Please
be careful if you choose to remove the cabochon - especially if you are bending the prongs.
These were made by a novelty company - not a jewelry company - so please be careful when
working with them. Of course, they are not for children.
Each measures about 1-3/4 inch high by 1-1/4 inch wide and has a self-pin on back that has been attached
mechanically rather than by adhesive. So, for novelties, these are pretty well made.
These pins are from the 1950s and 1960s and were meant for sale in 5 and 10 cent stores
such as Murphy's, Ben Franklin and Woolworth's. We love them for embellishment and just
for the memories (of the future)!
How about using them to make a swell
gift package decoration, too?
NOT FOR CHILDREN.