1930s Vintage Celluloid Butterfly Brooch

Featuring a pretty and detailed butterfly design, this brooch dates from the 1930s. 

Condition Report:

Very Good - Some wear to the surface and the metal fastening over time. This is only visible upon very close inspection and does not detract from the overall appeal of the piece. 


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The Details...

This brooch is constructed from three rectangular celluloid panels, with one designed to imitate tortoise shell. It is etched with a floral and butterfly motif, hand-painted in silver and detailed with red plastic cabochons. The brooch fastens with a stilver tone metal trombone catch and the pin is fitted to the brooch with a round hinge. The brooch measures 4cm x 3.5cm. 

A Short History...

Celluloid was a highly popular material in jewellery manufacture during the 1930s. 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-Depression 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 Red, Silver, Brown, Pink
  • Era 1930s
  • Occasion Holiday and Globetrotting, Smart Casual, Wedding Guest
  • Trend Floral, Gatsby Glamour, One with Nature