Here we have a beautifully intricate 1940s vintage reverse carved Love birds brooch. The images have been carved into the lucite and painted from the reverse, giving the brooch a realistic three dimensional appearance from the front. The brooch has bevelled edges that reflect the colours from the internal carving giving the brooch a quite magical sparkling effect. Reverse carving Lucite was popular during the 1940s and this particular brooch was made in America during the period. Developed in the 1930s, Lucite became a wildly popular material for jewellery.
It was less expensive to produce than Bakelite, Galalith, and celluloid, and made these earlier jewellery plastics almost obsolete. In its pure form, as in this brooch, Lucite resembles and sparkles like rock crystal and quartz. It is widely believed in America that Lucite pieces such as this were made from decommissioned fighter plane windows after the end of World War Two which were predominantly made from lucite. In America they are sometimes called warplane-window jewellery and'sweet heart' brooches. The brooch comes in a lovely new gift box so it is perfect as a gift or as a collectible piece to add to your own collection.
It's in good vintage condition. Please look at the pictures carefully as these form part of the description.
The item "Vintage Reverse Carved Lucite Brooch. In Gift Box" is in sale since Saturday, April 20, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewellery & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewellery\Vintage Costume Jewellery\Retro (1940s)". The seller is "mrvintage247" and is located in London. This item can be shipped worldwide.