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1940 Silson YWCA Patriotic Brooch




1940 Silson YWCA Patriotic Brooch

Item #CA138181



Measures 1-3/4" in diameter. This fascinating brooch was patented in 1940 as D124395. It commemorates the activities of the Young Women's Christian Association during World War II, when this early pioneer organization for women's rights and social equality trained New York City bus drivers, Rosie the Riveters, lathe operators, and other defense-oriented female workers. The gold-tone brooch represents three overlapping blue enamel triangles, linked by a pink enamel ribbon. These triangles represent body, mind, and spirit. Marked YWCA SILSON PAT. PEND. Safety clasp holds well. Minor wear to gold plating and pink enamel. No wear to blue enamel. Victor Silson was a British citizen living and working in New York. In 1940, when Britain was already at war but the U.S. had not yet been attacked, Silson designed this as one of a series of brooches which were sold to benefit the war-relief organizations they represented. This piece can be seen on pages 57 & 58 of A Tribute to America by Roberto Brunialti. $150.00 (Includes insured shipping to a U.S.A. address)

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