Unquestionably one of a kind, this amazing pair of earrings was handcrafted most likely around 1930. The design captures the uplifting and imaginative spirit of Depression Deco jewelry at its best. As you probably know, bird motifs were very popular then. Each cheerful bird is slightly different in the arrangement and size of its red and ivory feathers. Both have faux-pearl eyes and adorable little beaks that may be shell. Approximate measurement of each is 2 inches wide and an inch tall, with one being a little bigger than the other. It's possible they're Oriental in origin, but I believe they just show Asian influence.
Given the delicacy of celluloid, it's remarkable that these remain in such fabulous condition -- and, adding to their collectibility, they've reached an age to be considered antique by American 75-year standards, not merely vintage. The screw backs are right for the period, but can be easily changed to posts. (Best to have a jeweler do that, to avoid any possibility of damage.)
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