Handsome large vintage Toucan brooch is enameled in blue and green, with hammered and carved gilded wing, green crystal eye, perches on a golden branch. Design serial number on back of pin. From an estate collection of new old stock impeccably crafted top quality vintage designer jewelry items manufactured by the Sphinx Jewelry Company. Rare, vintage designer pin in new, unworn condition.
In addition to a line of their own often whimsical and always elegant designs, they produced jewelry designs for many creatively talented artists and high end department stores, in continental Europe as well as the United States. It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.Sphinx, like a multitude of other jewelry manufacturers coming of age during the industrial revolution, also imitated the designs of other esteemed jewelry artists. Mark: SPHINX in an oval cartouche with some having a LETTER AND NUMBER included or without the Sphinx name, having only a LETTER AND NUMBER in a cartouche.
Unsigned pieces were either for customers who wanted to sell pieces as their own, because work was produced in a rush to meet demand or because there wasn't space on the design. Pieces may have either numbers only or a letter and numbers. These were design serial numbers. The jewelry is now becoming highly collectible since Sphinx ceased operations in the late 1990's. The item "VINTAGE TOUCAN BROOCH GILDED & ENAMELED BIRD BY SPHINX" is in sale since Monday, November 25, 2019.
This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Costume\Retro, Vintage 1930s-1980s\Pins, Brooches". The seller is "l-mae" and is located in Lebanon, Oregon.This item can be shipped worldwide.