Lovely nautical vintage brooch. This celluloid galleon brooch dates from the 1930s when celluloid jewellery was all the rage. The brooch features a Spanish galleon ship with masts and multiple sails. There are not many of these around and they are often cracked or a bit rusty. This one is in lovely condition, There are no cracks or rust and the original greeny blue paint on the flags is still showing. It is very light. These brooches were meant to simulate bone or ivory.
The clasp is very well made and features a c clasp closure.
The brooch weighs only 3 grams. It measures 4 x 4.2 cm. Presented in a beautiful satin drawstring bag.
Celluloid was one of the first plastics ever made and originally included camphor. After 1927 camphor was no longer used and was replaced by vinegar which was less flammable.