Mid Century Napier Christmas Elf Vintage Brooch | Santa Elf Pin with Red and Green Ornaments Rare Find Pin

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When I was a little girl, we had a Christmas tree ornament that looked like this little elf made of early plastic. My parents bought it before I was born and it always hung on our tree while growing up. Now, it hangs on mine. So, I was delighted when I found this wonderful and rarely found Christmas elf carrying red and green ornaments for the tree, likely in Santa’s workshop, when vintage shopping along the western slope of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.

This vintage brooch was made by the Napier Jewelry company. The marker’s mark on the back - “Napier©” in block letters enclosed in a rectangle - was used beginning in the mid-50s until the company was sold in l980s. While the Napier name continued, the trademark changed to a script style.

Tracing its roots to the l9th century, the height of the Napier Jewelry company is considered to be in the 1950s-60s. They were known for beautiful and well made pieces the average woman could afford. This is one of their l950s mid century ones.

This pixie-like elf is made of gold tone and has a substantial feel to it. The red and green ornaments are a faceted hard plastic. The elf measures 1.75” high and 1.25” wide. Overall he’s in very good condition, meaning better than average wear for his 60+ years of existence, including a strong and secure pin and clasp. However, he does show wear on his edges, particularly around his hat, nose, and belt (See pictures). Personally, I think that adds to his charm. The pictures offer greater perspective on the vintage condition and Christmas charm of this little Santa elf pin.

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