1930s Art Deco French Cicada Brooch- New!
Length: 3.6 inches + 9 cm
Width: 1.27 inches + 3.25 cm
* 1930 Art Deco period French Galalith brooch
* Classic stylized figurative cicada shape - cigale pin
* Colours are black and gold
* Back with c-clasp fastening
Galalith is the name of a form of plastic developed in Germany in the late 19th century. Galalith, and was made from casein, a milk-based protein that got its trade name ‘milk stone’ from the Greeks. In the early 1900’s, notable French and German jewellery makers such as Coco Channel and Jakob Bengel began using the material in the production of jewelry, with its widest use during the 1920’s and 1930’s. Restrictions on milk use during WWII slowed, and then eliminated, the production of Galalith and was replaced by other modern plastic materials, which could be cast and heat-molded, Galalith never regained its former popularity.
But some small signs of wear - no chips or breaks but a few tiny scratches to the surface.
Please note that these are vintage items that have been used and loved over the years, As such, they may display slight evidence of their age. Any notable flaws above and beyond this will be highlighted here.
Rare to find brooch that was very popular during the 1930s and 1940s. The cicada was the symbol of good luck in France. Please drop us a line if you require additional information about this listing.
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