Sterling 1940s Lucite Jelly Belly Deer Pin - Book Reference
Sterling 1940s Lucite Jelly Belly Deer Pin - Book Reference
Sterling 1940s Lucite Jelly Belly Deer Pin - Book Reference
Sterling 1940s Lucite Jelly Belly Deer Pin - Book Reference
Sterling 1940s Lucite Jelly Belly Deer Pin - Book Reference
Sterling 1940s Lucite Jelly Belly Deer Pin - Book Reference
Sterling 1940s Lucite Jelly Belly Deer Pin - Book Reference
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Sterling 1940s Lucite Jelly Belly Deer Pin - Book Reference

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This vintage sterling deer pin is what is called a 'jelly belly' - its chief design element is a Lucite body. The Lucite piece is actually screwed into the frame, as you can see on the reverse. This brooch is pictured in the book 'A Tribute to America,' by Brunialti & Brunialti. Manufacturer is listed as 'unknown.' The brooch is not marked sterling, but tests as such with silver acid.

This brooch dates from the early 1940s. It measures 2-1/2" tall and 1-3/4" wide.

During World War II, base metals were in short supply, because of the war effort. Accordingly, some costume jewelry manufacturers used sterling silver for the jewelry produced during that time. Additionally, because glass rhinestones were in short supply, companies like Trifari and Coro developed brooches with Lucite embellishments.