Vintage Christmas Pins

Beautiful vintage Christmas pin I found at Prime Time Treasures in Homewood recently.

Beautiful vintage Christmas pin I found at Prime Time Treasures in Homewood recently.

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!

The wreath and tree on the right are ART(c) marked and considered very collectible Christmas pieces! I love the colors on the tree to the left - no markings on this pin but very art deco looking.

The wreath and tree on the right are ART(c) marked and considered very collectible Christmas pieces! I love the colors on the tree to the left – no markings on this pin but very art deco looking.

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.

ART(c) Christmas boot, Christopher Radko penguin pin and Gerrys Jewelry Co. puppy dog pin.

ART(c) Christmas boot, Christopher Radko penguin pin and Gerrys Jewelry Co. puppy dog pin.

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!

The tree pin on the left is a JJ(c) Jonette Jewelry Company piece. The tree on the right has no markings.

The tree pin on the left is a JJ(c) Jonette Jewelry Company piece. The tree on the right has no markings.

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.

These pins have no marking that I could find. The Santa in the sleigh moves along with the other pieces attached. Pretty unique!

These pins have no marking that I could find. The Santa in the sleigh moves along with the other pieces attached. Pretty unique!

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.

These pins look newer but cute all the same!

These pins look newer but cute all the same!

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!

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4 thoughts on “Vintage Christmas Pins

  1. Liz Wallace

    Those are adorable! I love all the different Christmas trees. I have a wreath and a Christmas tree that belonged to my mom. She wore them during the Christmas season as long as I can remember.

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