ELZAC Victims of Fashion 1940's Bonnet Head Brooch Clear Lucite
Elzac of Hollywood were in operation during the first half of the 1940's, a company headed by Ruth and Eliot Handler. The Handlers eventually went on to produce BARBIE at the New York City Toy Fair in 1959. But before that during their Elzac period they produced a wide range of beautiful whimsical and unique figural costume jewellery brooches. This one is part of their range "Victims of Fashion" and named Bonnet Head. It was produced in a range of colours and is highly sought after and collected today. The range was designed by designer and friend of the Handlers Beatrice Weld who was inspired by the popular artiste Carmen Miranda. This was war time when materials were in short supply so the use of ceramic and lucite became extremely popular.
This great Bonnet Head measures 6.5cms across the bonnet and 7cms in length. A copper covered ceramic face with clear lucite bonnet. There is a little wear commensurate with age but nothing that detracts from this fabulous authentic piece. There is a firm roll in safety clasp to the back. The Elzac range is well documented for verification and they were produced with a hang tag and no signature to the piece.