Very large vintage Little Nemo brooch that features 7 large red faceted rhinestones in open filigree pot metal base that is a dark silver metal. Around the central round red rhinestone are 6 mulit colored smaller rhinestones. The pot metal base is quite decorative and has little flowers in between the large stones at the cener and at the top. The brooch has a pin clasp on the back. Hallmarked LN 50 - see NOTE below about Little Nemo and this hallmark.
Measures about 3" in diameter.
In nice vintage condition with light wear commensurate with mid century costume jewelry.
The Brier Manufacturing Company of Providence, RI was founded in 1911 by Benjamin Brier, Charles Brier and Samuel Magid and created “Little Nemo”. They made imitation diamond jewelry using stones imported from around the world. Some of their jewelry included Art Deco designs that had convex oval shapes that were produced in the 1930s having geometric texture openwork in gilded brass, bronze tone, gold tone, silver tone or pop metal bases that were embedded with clear and colored rhinestones and colorful glass stones.
The “Little Nemo” hallmarks were “LN”, LN25”, “LN50”, “LITTLE NEMO” inside the shape of a ring, “NEMO GOLD SEAL QUALITY LN/25”, “L/N”, “LN” inside a flattened diamond shape, “VENUS” in 1958, and “NEMO” in block letters 1955. The company ceased operations in 1978.
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