Vintage British Enamel Pin
Vintage British Enamel Pin
Found at market in England, a cache of colorful vintage enamel pins that will share their cheerful charms today just as they did so many decades ago.
In this collection, we have an adorable pin issued by the Daily Express newspaper to members of their Rupert League children’s club, founded 1932. The pin features an early-style Rupert Bear, a cartoon character bear that was invented in 1920 and published in the Daily Express newspapers.
We also have a stylish and striking diver pin that beautifully captures the essence of Art Deco design. The pin dates from the 1930s and promotes the Mayfair Hotel in St Helier, Jersey. The summer holiday hotel was described as "The House of Sports" and boasted their "Mayfair Bathing Belles" with diving and gymnastics activities.
In addition, there's a handsome pin from the 1924 British Empire Exhibition - a hugely popular "World's Fair"-style event featuring 56 of the 58 countries that made up the British Empire at that time. It was a commercial, educational and imperial spectacle that was held in the London suburb of Wembley.
Finally, a striking badge that designated an instructor in the British Civil Defence Service. The Civil Defence Service was a volunteer civilian organization that trained citizens during World War II to aid in everything from air raid protection, to fire fighting, to first aid and stretcher-bearing. This badge does not have a pin on the back, but a half-moon post that would have been used in a lapel buttonhole.
Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. In very good vintage condition. Please choose specific pin from drop down menu above. A, B, and C measures 1"L. D measures 1.25"L.
Learn More About Enamel Pins
Lapel pins are clearly enjoying a renaissance. These small, colorful symbols capture the spirit of the moment or a movement - from causes and campaigns to brands and bands.
A brief history of enamel pins, however, must go back thousands of years as these simple accessories have been around for a very long time indeed. If we go back to 1800 B.C., some 3,800 years ago, it was the Egyptians who began the process of inlaying and enameling - the process behind making an enamel pin. Although the Egyptians didn’t create lapel pins, they are known to have created the process. It is in fact the Chinese who designed and manufactured the first enamel pins, in the period of around 1271 to 1368 AD. The Chinese had improved the enameling techniques, and enamelware in China became very popular during the Ming Dynasty.
Fast forward a few hundred centuries and enamel lapel pins were worn by soldiers during battle. The pins were emblazoned with their unit number so the troops could stay organized and everyone would be recognizable. Veterans continued to wear the pins after the war ended, to show patriotism and togetherness with other veterans. In addition, the use of enamel and lapel pins had also become very popular for politicians and political supporters during rallies and events.