We believe this may be Elzak, although we are offering some in ceramic and wood, this one is metal, enamel and what looks like animal hair. (It's shiny). She is a tribal warrior with pierced nose and ears. She has black enamel skin, gold, lips, and eyes. She is in excellent condition. Unsigned.
Including her hair, she is 2 and a quarter inches tall and one and a quarter inches wide.
Always whimsical, ELZAC, which was a much needed “lift” for women during WWII when worry loss, and responsibility weighed heavily on the spirit on the home front.
Elzac pins were made in the 1940s in California and decorated by a cottage industry with ceramic, fabric, wood beads, leather snippets, since metals, rubber and other materials that could be used for the war effort were unavailable for frivolous costume and fashion jewelry. Elzac pieces were never signed – a few were marked with paper tags or stickers which most women removed before wearing. The Elzac style is very distinctive and listed in many jewelry collectible books.
It was the work of the ELZAC company of California. The company operated only a short time during WWII. This piece was probably part of their “Victim of Fashion” series. ELZAC was
best known for its fashionable “pin-up” face brooches and whimsical animals. They used ceramic, metals, fabrics, feathers, celluloid and lucite in their creations. One owner, Elliott Handler
and his wife, later went on to help found the Mattel Toy Company™.
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