1950s What a Dear You Are Valentine’s Day Thermoset Plastic Deer with Red Heart Vintage Pin Book Piece

$34.00

I was drawn to this pin the moment I spied it. It reminded me of walking with my mother to the “Dime store” when I was a little girl. While she hunted for patterns or sewing items I’d entertain myself peeking at the bright colored plastic jewelry. Now nearly six decades later, this is a wonderful, and not often seen, find that’s in very good condition from those mid century days.

This pin is featured in Leigh Leshner’s book, Collecting Art Plastic Jewelry on page 84, with one exceptions. This pin never had the words, “Be my Valentine” on it, like the one in the book. When the book was published in 2005, the pin was valued at $35.

This sweet Valentine Day’s pin has a subtle message, “what a dear you are to me.” The little thermoset plastic white deer measures 1.25 long by 1.5” tall. The red color is vibrant on the heart, and the red paint a little worn on the deer, adding to his vintage charm. There is also a bit of rubbing around his neck where the heart attaches; the simple pin and fastener work well.

This very cute l950s heart brooch is a wonderful reminder of simpler times and a very fun vintage piece. Whether you love Valentine’s Day or vintage jewelry, it’s a delightful collectible piece. The pictures offer greater perspective on the condition of this wonderful thermoset plastic vintage heart pin.

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