Vintage 1930s/40s Celluloid Schoolgirl and Schoolhouse Pins

Vintage 1930s/40s Celluloid Schoolgirl and Schoolhouse Pins


I paired these Vintage 1930s/40s Celluloid Schoolgirl and Schoolhouse Pins together because they’re thematically relevant and from the same era. The schoolhouse has a bell with clapper, and you can open the door to reveal a tiny school teacher using the lever and chain. The schoolgirl has bows on her pigtails, a stack of school books, and a mischievous glint in her eye. Celluloid pins are very coveted and collectible, these are from my personal collection and in good vintage condition showing some discoloration and the arm on the schoolteacher is not intact and looks to have been molded this way, but this is very hard to see unless you squint! PERFECT for a teacher or a lover of vintage kitsch.

Schoolhouse: 2” x 1.5”

Schoolgirl: 2” x 1.25”

Celluloid is the second man-made plastic, created by an inventor named Wesley Hyatt who was working with nitrocellulose, whose main ingredient is a plant fiber called cellulose and whose soluble form is collodion. The first forms of celluloid were flammable, old movie film was made from this form. Other inventors worked with different additives to stabilize the volatile plastic, in the jewelry world, Leo Baekeland is well known for his version dubbed Bakelite. Once stabilized, this affordable material was used to make a wide variety of costume jewelry. During the 1930s, celluloid jewelry surged in popularity, with whimsical pieces becoming de riguer. These early plastic pieces have become highly coveted among collectors.

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