Featured Information on this pin/brooch please

Discussion in 'Jewelry' started by Elsa Pieterse, Oct 29, 2023.

  1. Elsa Pieterse

    Elsa Pieterse Active Member

    Hi guys.

    Any information about this pin/brooch will be greatly appreciated. I bought it with other jewelry pieces at a thrift store in Pretoria, South Africa - my hometown.

    Thanks in advance.


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  2. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Looks 1930s-40s. It is a so-called flying boat, but I don't know which one.
  3. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

  4. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    Beautiful pin.The most famous flying boat was of course Pan Am's China Clipper.Another example was Howard Hughes 'Spruce Goose'.We had the opportunity to walk thru Hughes' plane,it's extraordinary-like an Indiana Jones movie set.

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  5. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    Think the use of plastic instead of metal for the hinge attachment indicates war time or, I would guess, for a time after.
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  6. Boland

    Boland Well-Known Member

    That’s cool. Nice find!
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  7. Ce BCA

    Ce BCA Well-Known Member

    Just as extra info, these badge style brooches were popular in the UK in the 70's, often came from petrol station promotions - I used to collect them. There were planes, boats, trains etc. Not certain this is one, but does have a lot of resemblance.
  8. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes Well-Known Member

    The Spruce Goose used to be in my hometown, Long Beach, California where it made its only flight in 1947. They built a dome to house it and made it into a tourist attraction. It fell out of favor and in 1993 went to McMinnville, Oregon where it is housed now in an aircraft museum.
  9. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    Kiko-I saw it in McMinnville Oregon. Sitting right next to & below it is a much smaller (much sleeker) Nighthawk Stealth Bomber-the first stealth fighter.Both machines are extraordinary.
    PS-Hope to get down to Long Beach & tour the Queen Mary someday.You folks look like you've got some pretty tasty charity stores too !
    *Here's a few more interior shots. GOOSE INTERIOR.jpg GOOSE2.jpg
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  10. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    We stayed on the queen Mary and I’ve a photo somewhere of me sitting in the Spruce Goose.
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  11. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes Well-Known Member

    Try the Discovery Shop on Second Street and the Woman's Assistance League on 4th Street for two.
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  12. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes Well-Known Member

    Way cool. You were right near me and didn't visit? Oh, that must have been before we met. Long Beach isn't much of a tourist town. You already hit the high spots.
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  13. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    Kinko-Those 2 Georgian/Empire boxes you found were beauties !
    PS-Loved our Discovery Shop in Santa Rosa & then in Portland,both closed during Covid.
    Clean,cheerfully staffed, well-priced and wonderful stuff-18th cent lady's cosmetic kit, USS Constitution Desk,1850's-60's orig photos of N. Orleans,etc.
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