This 1950s “Be my Valentine” pin is on its original “Valentine” Berkander card. The pin reminds me of walking with my mother to the “Dime store” when I was a little girl. While she shopped, I’d entertain myself peeking at the bright colored plastic jewelry.
This delightful Valentine’s Day mid century heart brooch, with the iconic words, “Be my Valentine” hanging from a key, is classic l950s-l960s. The pin is featured on page 79 of Leigh Lesner’s book, Collecting Art Plastic Jewelry with one variation. The pictured pin does not have the words, “Be my Valentine” on it. At the time of publication in 2005, the value placed on this collectible plastic pin alone (without the original card) was $45.
Made of mid century thermoset vintage plastic, the pin measures 1.75” wide across the key and dangles 1.5” to the tip of the heart. The heart swings freely from the key. The red color is vibrant; the pin and fastener strong and secure. This little pin is a wonderful reminder of simpler times and a fun vintage piece.
Overall the pin is in very good condition for its 60+ years of existence. However, it does show vintage wear in the form of gentle scratches here and there, along with some wear on the pin fastener; the card is in good vintage condition with edge wear, and pencil writing on both the front and the back along with light creases, and overall dimming in color.
Whether you love Valentine’s Day or vintage jewelry, or would like to surprise a loved one with a sweet “Be my Valentine” message, it’s a delightful piece. The pictures offer greater perspective on the condition and classic fun styling of this “Be my Valentine” mid century pin.
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