Gret Barkin Handwrought Mid Century Modern Vintage Copper Brooch or Pendant | Large Round Disk Signed Statement Piece

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This large round statement brooch and pendant, which you can wear either way with the hook on the back, was made in New Hope, PA by jewelry designer, Gret Barkin. She designed jewelry until her death in 2007 at the age of 99. This piece is one of her mid century modern copper handwrought brooches that is stunning both in design and execution.

On the back is the marker’s mark for “Gert Barkin” worn to “T Bark” with the rest of Barkin obscured by the pin mechanism. In the l940s, she and her husband Rube Barkin started a shop called Gret Barkin, which stood for “Great Bargain” in New Hope. Examples of her handwrought copper crafted jewelry are featured on page 150 of the book, Copper Art Jewelry by Mathew L. Burkholz and Linda Lichtenberg Kaplan. And according to a 1952 newspaper article, while her jewelry was crafted in New Hope, PA, it was sold in stores worldwide; include England and “better stores” across the U.S.

This large copper statement piece is a wonderful combination an oxidized center, surrounded by a raised chain design expanding out in a sunburst or shielf type pattern. It is likely from the mid century era – l950-60s, when copper jewelry was particularly popularly. On the back is a hook for a pendant and a pin and clasp for the brooch. Her pieces are considered to be one of a kind.

It is beautifully and carefully crafted with a vintage beauty that shines through its soft warm patina. Overall is in very good vintage condition for 60+ years of love and care, with some signs of wear and a slight bend in the pin. The pictures offer greater perspective on the overall condition and stunning design of this beautiful mid century vintage copper brooch and pendant.

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