Hi, I just wanted to let you know that the brooches numbered 15, 30, 38 & 39 are Elzac brooches. I didn't write down the numbers, but I think 15 is the carved ebony wood with rhinestones on the forehead and with a large Lucite headdress. The other numbers I do remember and they are definitely Elzac. Elzac used 2 types of wood for their wood pieces, walnut and ebony. I hope this helps. Peigi - Peigi Religa, Fri, 5 Apr 2013 5:36AM
I have a blackmoor pin, ciner marking on back, like your top row in photo 8. It appears the jewel in front of the pearl on top of the head has been replaced, the neck and head beads are turquoise. Also the jewel hanging from the chest is not there. Would sell cheap. I would like a collector to have it. - Teri, Wed, 20 Mar 2013 12:03PM
Have a Nettie Rosenstein brooch (one of the Moorish nobility--it is the one where you have 5 of the Nettie Rosenstein and the one on the bottom left is the one I have but it's got green gemstones. I have the set with the earrings. It is signed. Just wondered what the price of this could be as I would like to sell them. Thanks. - Sandy Rodriguez, Fri, 24 Aug 2012 7:16PM
what an interesting collection i find these items very interesting - lynda campbell, Sun, 15 Jan 2012 7:21AM
I love your collection of blackamoors. Would love to know if there is a chat site for collectors. - Deborah Smith, Tue, 26 Apr 2011 9:15AM
1 Perfume bottle -- Le Golliwogg by Vingy'. When I was growing up, my mother had this perfume and we loved it so much, the fuzzy hair was almost gone.
2 Advertisement from Le Golliwogg circa 1921. This is a reproduction.
3 Cross-section of brooches classed as blackamoors. Top left pin has the shield on a spring. None are signed.
4 Blackamoors representing Moorish nobility. Top row all by Har. Bottom left--Nettie Rosenstein, bottom right unsigned.
5 Another type of blackamoor, all with elaborate turbans. The four pins on the corners are widely reproduced. The top two are by Sphinx, the bottom two are much lower quality and unsigned. Middle top row--Boucher, the first blackamoor pin I bought. Middle bottom has a wonderful face, isn't signed.
6 Two rare pieces--left, by Fred A. Block and on the right--Sandor. There was a series of blackamoor brooches made by the two firms, in some instances using the same face, but different (and fantastic lucite headdresses. These use different faces, but are extremely rare.
7 More examples of blackamoors. Left and middle on the top row by Butler and Wilson (extremely high quality pieces, but reproduced in cheap versions). Top right, bakelite and sterling. The rest are signed, but I didn't have time to check the makers marks.
8 More.... top row all by Ciner. Middle row, left, one of my favorites--a boy with a bird (unsigned)--other two are Mazer. Bottom row left, Coro (reproduced often in the 1940s), and bottom right, a jester by Pennino.
9 Copper "native" faces. Top left, Ubangi by Rebajes, top right by Pedro Pujol (Rebajes' brother or cousin). Bottom, unsigned.
10 Two blackamoor fur clips by DuJay. Enamel and plique a jour, gold-wash, channel-set rhinestones. Black-faced brooch shows typical enamel wear on lips. Very rare to find a pair.
11 Four ceramic brooches by Elzac showing a range of styles and fashions.
12 There are quite a number of female blackamoor brooches. One of my favorites is the pin on the bottom left -- though battered, the face is quite lovely. None signed.
13 Brooches representing Josephine Baker. Top row middle--articulated bakelite and aluminum. Top right by Coro.
14 Headhunters -- top left by Korda (Rice-Weiner), from the Jungle Book series.
15 Large Deco-style brooch with a lucite headdress.
16 Set of brooches by Reja all gold-washed sterling from the mid-1940s. Top left pin and earrings--Medusa. Top right pin and earrings--Ubangi from the Africana series. Bottom left, pearl belly, middle, Africana Witch Doctor, bottom right, Africana Congo Belle.
17 Lovely Caribbean woman (pin and earrings) by Nettie Rosenstein.
18 Also by Nettie Rosenstein--wonderful face!
19 Same brooches plus blackamoor--all by Nettie Rosenstein.
20 Large Caribbean island woman--brooch by Chanel.
21 Enameled blackamoor boy riding a turtle. This pin is gold wash over sterling and marked HC in a diamond. A wonderful whimsical piece, most likely from the 1940s!
22 Two Hattie Carnegie enameled blackamoor fur clips. Gold wash over sterling and marked HC in a diamond.
23 Enameled blackamoor soldier fur clip, probably a knockoff of a set created by Hattie Carnegie in 1939 (her designs had either coral or turquoise stones, but were signed).
24 Oriental dancer pin and earclips. Gold wash over sterling, signed HC in a diamond and Sterling. See Harrice Millier's Official Price Guide to Costume Jewelry 3rd edition, page 153 for a blackamoor version. Several of the small turquoise glass stones are missing. Anyone have replacements?
25 From the sublime to the interesting. Two lucite blackamoor figurals--rare to find the pair in excellent condition. Heads are ceramic, lady has wood bowl of fruit on her head. Figurals are approx 5" tall.
26 Hand carved primitive faces. Appear to be some sort of wood and all of these guys have a loop at the top so could be made into a bracelet, etc. Found them at an antique fair, apparently all from the same estate. Couldn't separate the guys so bought them all!
27 Sterling and ceramic brooch marked Frank Sterling. Who the heck is Frank?
28 Plastic googley-eyed blackamoors from the 1960s.
29 I don't often find great blackamoor pins but Luda had this at Convention and I snatched it up. Beautiful blackamoor woman holding a bird.
30 Folk art carved wood blackamoor angel with lucite wings and halo.
31 Fur clip of a barefoot black boy in polka dot shirt and patched pants throwing dice. The base metal of the piece is rhodium plated and hand enamelled, the dice are freeswinging and attached by chain to the boy's hand. Probably mid-1930s. Unsigned.
32 Hitch Hiking Pickaninny with Shoes Pot metal and enamel fur clip Probably 1940s.