I found this Market Street and Hyde Trolley Cable Car in the Flathead Valley area of Montana at a second hand store, and was delighted when I got home to discover it was featured on page 229 of Marcia Brown’s book, Signed Beauties of Costume Jewelry. She valued it at $125.00 at the time of publication in 2006.
The brooch dates to the mid century – most likely from the l950s based on the maker’s mark on the inside back – © Tortolani. The older Tortolani pieces have the © mark in front of the script signature, as this one does, and are considered to be highly prized. The mark is hard to see (picture 4) at the top area. But as the author notes, the antique finish that “blackens the back is an important clue” that it is an authentic Tortolani. Tortolani pieces are partially prized based on the quality of the work and award willing designs. Pieces were hand-cast in pewter and polished by hand.
Tortolani Jewelry was founded by Italian born Francisco Torolani after World War II and from 1950 to 1976, created an award-winning line of costume jewelry. They designed gifts for various movie stars of that era and were known for their three-dimensional styles and detail. The company ceased operations in l976.
This trolley car is made of textured pewter with faux pearls for the lights. The brooch has a substantial feel to it and overall is in very good vintage condition for its 60+ years of existence. The pin measures 1.5” in length and height and has a depth of 5/8”. The pictures offer greater perspective on the vintage condition and mid century charm of this delightful San Francisco trolley car Torolani brooch. (Note: I have a red camera and on a couple of pictures you can see a reddish hue from its shadow).
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