This delightful vintage poppy was most likely crafted by its original owner. During the Depression and World War II years, women got very clever about creating their own accessories -- first because there was no money and then because most metals were commandeered for the war effort. The idea was to strike a note of cheer during dark times, so these items are usually very colorful. They're a treat to own, for that reason and because they're absolutely one of a kind. Needless to say, these pieces are also rare, since so many were tossed out when life got better.
Made to be attached with a corsage pin, our pretty poppy is wonderfully detailed. Stiffened crepe paper forms its petals and is the perfect texture and red-orange color to simulate the real thing. The flower's "innards" are likewise very convincing, made of raffia. Tiny leaves of green crepe paper top the stalk, which looks like it was re-wrapped with green florists' tape not long ago.
Total length is almost 7 inches, which further contributes to the garden-fresh illusion. Condition is marvelous, relative to the item's age and the delicacy of the materials. One teeny leaf may be missing. It would be easy to replace that, if you like, and you might want to steam the flower head lightly in order to reshape the petals for extra fullness; some are a little scrunched from storage. Provenance is a Texas estate.
BTW, if this appeals to you, be sure to see our similar pink raffia nosegay brooch from the same source. If interested in both, e-mail and we'll work out special pricing for the pair.
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