Vintage Copper Pin 1960s Aztec Warrior Face Brooch by KIM
This solid copper vintage brooch is a unique warrior motif. Some people might call it Aztec, but it appears to be of Asian or influence to me.
This pin is a significant collectors item because it is signed KIM. Over the past 40 years, I have collected several pieces of signed KIM copper jewelry but this is the first one that clearly dates Kim jewelry as it is signed with a patent number.
The KIM mark was first used in 1952. The patent 2383012 on this pin was applied for in 1943 and granted in 1945, to Eugene Morehouse of B.A. Ballou Co in Providence, RI. So, now we know that Kim used findings from B.A. Ballou. Of course, there is no way of knowing how long this pin back was in stock but this copper pin was most likley made in the early 1950s.
This oval and thick copper pin has a crimped or ruffled edge and the warrior face is a full 3D copper relief. If it makes a difference to you, the warrior face was set straight up and down but it is not perfectly centered : just how the piece was made.
This pin is in mint condition and it looks like new. I've had it stored away for over 30 years and it is mint like the day it was made. The copper is bright and shiny both front and back with no scratches, scuffs, or dings.
The pin measures 1 7/8" tall x 1 3/8" wide, or 4.5 cm x 3.3 cm. The back has the original fine working safety clasp, the KIM signature, and the patent number.
Comes gift wrapped and shipped in a new presentation jewelry box.
You can add a gold brooch slider to convert this pin to a pendant by checking the box below. Sliders come with a pair of silicon stoppers to hold slider in place.
Kim Copper was Founded by brothers Marty and Carl Schimel in NYC in 1952. In 1958, a second jewelry line was introduced called Kim Craftsmen. Self-taught, their hand made copper jewelry creations were strongly influenced by surrealism, bio-morphism, and primitivism, as well as artist paul Lobel. Colored enamel jewelry was not introduced until the 1970s.
Signed pierces from 1950-1952 were marked C&M. Kim Copper mark was used 1952-1958. Kim Craftsmen was made 1955-1997, when production ceased. Over the course of 50 years, Kim produced in excess of 100 million pieces of jewelry.