1920s French Celluloid Vintage Brooch

Featuring a pretty and colourful floral design, this brooch dates from the 1920s and was made in France. 

Condition Report:

Very Good - Some wear to the surface and the gilt metal fastening over time. 

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The Details...

This brooch is constructed from three square celluloid panels, with one designed to imitate tortoise shell. It is transfer printed with a floral design and hand-painted with some details. The brooch fastens with a gilt metal trombone catch and the pin is fitted to the brooch with a tube hinge. The catch is stamped with 'DEPOS√Č' on its reverse, suggesting the brooch was manufactured in France. The trombone type of fastening catch also implies this. The brooch measures 4cm x 4cm. 

A Short History...

Celluloid was a highly popular material in jewellery manufacture during the 1920s. Newly pioneered injection molding processes, meant that cellulose could be used to produce many identical pieces at the same time. This resulted in the cost per item of celluloid pieces being very low and the material could therefore cater for post-war demands for affordable jewellery. 

Wear it With...

Brooches are an exceptionally simple way to add instant vintage styling to any look and interest to plain materials. Pin this piece onto a hat, lapel, collar, cuff, scarf, sleeve, waistline or bag - wear alone or with a selection. 

  • Colour Pink, Green, Cream, Brown, Blue
  • Era 1920s
  • Occasion Wedding Guest, Smart Casual, Bridal
  • Trend Gatsby Glamour, Floral