Penny Farthing

This novelty brooch depicting a Penny Farthing is by Zentall.  Robert Zentall set up Robert Zentall Inc. in 1952 with his wife Betty.  Robert was born in 1905 in Germany and his wife Betty was born in Hungary in 1915. …

Plate

This is an unusual brooch as it is in fact a miniature painted plate by the ceramics manufacturer Coalport.  It was made in the 1950s.  More commonly ceramic jewellery was in the form of flowers, I spot this type of…

Pair of Skis

This pair of skis is made of solid silver by the American company called Lang Sterling Jewellery Company which was founded in 1946 in Providence, Rhode Island. The company ceased trading in the late 1970s. These cute little skis are…

Orchid

This brooch is made of silver in the form of an orchid. Bond-Boyd was established in 1940 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  It is a family firm still in operation today and still manufactures in its hometown.  Nowadays the company specialises…

Squirrel and Deer

The brooch is marked as Georg Jensen and is regarded by people as a ‘Jensen’ brooch but in fact it was designed by Arno Malinowski (1899-1976) who worked for Georg Jensen between 1936 and 1944 and again from 1949 to…

Poinsettia

This poinsettia brooch is enamel on metal and is quite three dimensional in nature.  During December I try and wear a Christmas themed brooch most days, I like this one because it is not a tree! Legend has it that…