Make: Weiss (Signed)
Style: Peacock / Japanned
Dimensions: 1.5" W x 3" T
Construction: Rhinestones & Bronze-Like Metal (We are unsure what the large stone is)
Condition: Excellent! Was previously a pin/pendant but the pin has since been broken off the back. Only functions as a pendant. Metal has a nice patina. Please see photos for more detail.
About the manufacturer:
Before Albert Weiss founded his own costume-jewelry company in 1942, he learned the tricks of the trade as a designer for Coro in the 1930s. Weiss excelled at floral and figural brooches and earrings—the company also made numerous styles of bracelets and necklaces. Although Weiss would never get as big as Coro and ceased operations altogether in 1971, business was good enough in the 1950s and ’60s that the company had to contract with Hollycraft to fill its orders.
Beyond rhinestones, Weiss collectors prize the company’s work in enamel, as well as its japanned pieces. Dark, japanned pins in the shapes of Maltese crosses were often studded with “black diamond” beads, but japanned metal also served as an exotic counterpoint to clusters of rhinestones in royal blue, ruby red, and other rich colors.