Featured in the book, Star Spangled Jewelry by Whitson and Schiffer on pages 140 and 141, are celluloid large red heart plastic pins, popular during World War II, with similar places to hold one picture.
It is likely this Be My Valentine pin was designed after these earlier pins, and after the war ended based on the message. Part of that dating assessment is based on the design and material similarity, as well as the extended pin style with a simple C which likely puts this pin in that 1940s decade.
This rare find Valentine pin is in very good to excellent vintage condition, especially for its 70+ years of existence. I’m not sure it has ever been used. And the black slide picture pocket still has its original plastic cover for the picture. The celluloid heart locket pin is vibrant cherry red and on the larger size, measuring 1.5” in width and 1.75” in length. The front heart slides open to reveal the picture.
In an age of digital pictures and constant change, to have a picture next to your heart of someone you love is charming. It is a wonderful reminder of simpler times and a fun and historic vintage piece. Whether you love Valentine’s Day or vintage era jewelry, it’s a delightful collectible piece. The pictures offer greater perspective on its vintage condition and charm.
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