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1930s Oriental Style Billiken Good Luck Brooch

S/N:CE513

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1930s

  • £120.00
  • €133 Euro
  • $161 US Dollar

United Kingdom

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A very unusual large brooch in oriental style, and featuring a Billiken. It is made of filigree gold-tone metal with two dragons flanking a Billiken sitting on a throne under a pagoda shaped roof. It is finely modelled with lots of detail. It dates to the 1930s. There is a large pin to the back.

Billiken was a character created in 1908 by American illustrator Florence Pretz. He was the totem of the 'Church of Good Luck', a pseudo self-help movement that sprang from the American 'Mind Cure' craze popular in the early 20th century. It was believed that purchasing a Billiken charm would bring the purchaser good luck. It was considered even better luck to be given a Billiken. His popularity was short lived and waned before the start of WWII.

Dimensions: 

  • H: 6.3cm (2.48in)
  • W: 5.5cm (2.17in)
  • D: 0.5cm (0.20in)

Period: 

1930s

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