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Billiken Good Luck Brooch

Stock No

CE513

Member since
2019
  • £75.00
  • €88 Euro
  • $95 US Dollar

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Item Description

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.

Item Info

Seller Location

Derbyshire, Derbyshire

Item Dimensions

H: 6.3cm W: 5.5cm D: 0.5cm

Period

1930s

Item Location

United Kingdom

Seller Location

Derbyshire, Derbyshire

Item Location

United Kingdom

Seller Contact No

+44 (0)1332 775993

+44 (0)7983 124384

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