Cat & Mouse Vintage American Brooch | Jonette Jewelry | 1980s
This wonderful vintage brooch is a great example of the sense of humour and attention to detail that made the Jonette Jewelry Company so loved in America. Here a finely-observed cat hangs over a decorative ledge to catch a mouse by his tail; if you look closely, you can see that the mouse is thoroughly unimpressed by this turn of events. This piece is cast in pewter, with a fine brass chain forming the mouse’s tail which moves freely.
The Jonette Jewelry Company is a name well known to collectors of American costume jewellery. Most famous for its range of whimsical pins and brooches, this family-owned business was founded in Rhode Island in the mid-1940s but has its origins in the 1930s firms Providence Jewelry and Lisker & Lisker, which shut down due to wartime shortages of materials. Jonette Jewelry Co. closed in 2006 after 60 years of production, and its designs are now much sought after by vintage collectors.
At Thrilled Kitty we offer a selection from their mid-1980s range of humorous cat brooches and lapel pins, cast mostly in polished pewter and brass. Often making use of articulated features, JJ pieces are a great way to add a touch of fun to an outfit. And, as with all of our antique and vintage jewellery pieces, they are gift boxed and ready to give as a fantastic present. You’ll find more great examples if you explore our full selection of Jonette Jewelry brooches and pins.
Approximate Dimensions: 6cm x 6cm (at the longest/widest point)
Condition Report: In excellent vintage condition, freshly cleaned and polished by us. Roll-over clasp and articulated chain detail are all in good order.
Material: Pewter (with brass chain detail)
Marks: JJ maker’s mark to rear