And now a brief break from Thanksgiving planning to check out all the Christmas pins I’ve found thifting over the past two weekends!!! I have a rather large collection of Christmas pins and I love clustering them on a coat or jacket in December each year. This year I feel like I hit the mother lode!
Several of the pins I found would be considered vintage. About 8 have markings so I got out my magnifying glass to look a little closer and started googling. Three of the pins are marked “ART” followed by a small “c.” I was able to find the pins on ebay and etsy and a little history of ART(c) company. Arthur Pepper was in business from the late 1940’s making jewelry signed Mode Art, later changing the name to ART(c). The Christmas tree pins are considered the most collectible and I found “my” Christmas tree pin going for $65 on ebay! They definitely have a distinctive look to them.
Another pin is marked “Gerrys” – it’s on a gold tone dog pin holding a red Christmas stocking in his mouth. I found it on ebay for $49! Remember, I pretty much paid a high of $1.99 for these pins or low of 99 cents! Anyway, Gerrys Jewelry Company or Gerrys Creations was in business from 1950s to 1996 and is considered affordable costume jewelry. I just thought the pup pin was cute and kitschy!
JJ(c) marked a really sweet and faded looking Christmas tree with tiny colored rhinestones. Jonelle Jewelry Company was named for the parents of Abraham and Nathan Lester – John and Etta. Abraham first started the Providence Jewelry Company and when his brother joined him in the business they changed the name. They started using the JJ mark on their jewelry in the 1970s.
Finally, I was surprised to find a Christopher Radko Christmas pin! First, I didn’t know Christopher Radko made pins…I just thought he was known for those beautiful and colorful glass ornaments that I would love to have a tree full of…but I digress… The pin is a penguin wrapped in Christmas lights. Very sweet and looks like something I had when I was a little girl. I found these pins online between $16-$24.
There are still several more weeks to go before Christmas – I feel like I’m on a roll with these pins and I’m ready to find a few more of these cute and vintage pins!