1945 Sterling Vermeil Figural Pins - Man and Woman Playing Accordions
This vintage pair of accordion-playing figural pins dates from 1945, and was made by Norma Jewelry Corporation, New York. Each pin is cast in sterling and coated in gold - known as sterling vermeil. The woman sports a 1940s hairdo, while the man wears a jaunty beret. Each has an oval green glass rhinestone for a face. There is a 1945 U.S. Design Patent for the female figural, as shown in the last picture. Both are in excellent vintage condition (EUC). The male figural is marked "STERLING," "PAT PEND" (referring to the design patent), and "Norma," in faint script. The female figural has no discernable markings. (It is not uncommon for only one of a pair to be marked.)
Each brooch is 2-1/4" high.
Norma Jewelry Corporation was founded by Afred B. Shawl, and was in operation from about 1944 to the 1950s. This company should not be confused with Norma Jean Designs, which began decades later.