Wednesday, May 11, 2011

To market to market

   
 CHERRIES and PINEAPPLE, Trifari 1941

CORNCOB and CHERRIES, Boucher 1941

 CURRANTS and PEPPERS, Boucher 1941

 RASPBERRIES and TOMATO, Réja 1941

 STRAWBERRIES and RADISHES, Boucher 1941
I've never actually seen a vintage 1940s fruit or vegetable brooch in person, but when I do you can bet I'll make a big commotion. Especially if I ever find those radishes! It seems that different jewelry companies favored different themes in their novelty brooches during this period - Trifari did a lot of flowers, Coro did a lot of birds, Boucher did a lot of fruit, etc. The insect-themed brooches from this period are especially interesting!

Images taken from American Costume Jewelry Art & Industry, 1935-1950

11 comments:

Em said...

Really fantastic--I'd be right there in the hullabaloo if I came across any of the pins above.

The Thriftaholic (Leilani) said...

Thank you for posting this, I picked up an enamel and rhinestone cherry brooch in a Wisconsin thrift and had a hard time figuring out how old it was, now I'm thinking it might actually be from the '40s. It's not marked so I'm thinking it's probably a 'dime store' version of one of the above pieces.

Karen/Small Earth Vintage said...

The corncob, peppers, and radishes are my favorites! I do prefer veggies to fruits when eating, too, but there's just something wonderfully quirky about a vegetable brooch.

Alexis E. said...

I love the radishes as well! I have a beet necklace from LuLuBug that I wear all the time just for it's irregularity.

Katie said...

wearing a radish brooch! or tomato or peppers! that is so freaking awesome!

P U R P L E - D E E R said...

I like the frosted Austrian glass ones better...But then again I've never seen these in person either.

lauren said...

yum!

Anonymous said...

Weird that you posted this as I saw this on Etsy today:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/73845961/htf-coro-radish-brooch-super-summer-fun?ref=ajax&src=favitm

No Carnations said...

Tomato, radishes and currents! Love them.

marly said...

I sent a link to my list, Jewelcollect, about the book Delicious Jewels by Hemmerle reviewed in today's (5/13/11) New York Times. An artist friend responded by sending me a jpeg of her Boucher radish. Oy vey, I want, I want.

Anonymous said...

I have the radishes for sale on Ruby Lane :)


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