Vintage Militaria Jewelry - Articulated Plastic Buddy Brooch - Navy Sailor w/Patch - J2308
Description ~ this wonderful "buddy" brooch is done in plastic, articulated at the arms and legs, and designed as a Navy Sailor in blue dress - he comes with, for lack of a better term, a paper "patch" that says "My Heart Belongs to US Navy" - very hard to find and very collectible! Note - often these pieces were sent home to "sweethearts" while the men were fighting the war.
Book Note - my research indicates that similar pieces may be found in Leigh Leshner's Collecting Plastic Jewelry, page 120/163, w/an estimated book value of over $200
Measurements ~ approximately 2.5" x 1"
Dates ~ mid-century, c1940
Hallmarks ~ signed - normally, unless on a card, these pieces are unsigned, but the pin assembly on this guy is marked "Pat Pend" - please see pictures
Condition ~ Excellent: pre-owned vintage - while there is some wear to this sailor's face, and the heart is curled at the tip, this jewelry shows little evidence of age or use - it wears wonderfully! All materials are present, clear, and chip/flake free; the hardware is in good, working order.