Old-Fashioned Brooches…Hit or Miss?

Lately I’ve gotten some nice deals on brooches from the early 1900s. They are all sweet and in good condition and hearken back to a different era. But it occurs to me that they are all rather out of vogue today. They are definitely not in the same league as a desirable Taxco sterling silver bracelet or a Miriam Haskell necklace.

So now I’m second guessing myself!! (I hate that, don’t you?) I’ll still put them in my Etsy store, but I’m wondering who my buyers will be!

So take a look and, please, tell me what you think.

Hand-painted porcelain pin with water lilies and cattails

Hand-painted river scene on a mother-of-pearl pin

Fancy brass and purple glass pin/pendant

Huge enamel Art Nouveau sash pin

Teeny, tiny gold-filled Victorian pin with coral branch


Okay, the truth now, do any of these appeal to you? Would you wear any of them? Would you give any of them as a gift? Are they a hit or miss?? And if you have a favorite style of jewelry, what is it??

Thanks!!! And happy hunting!



  1. i like ’em- particularly as a group; i’d wear two or three together.

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    1. Thanks Edwina…that’s a great idea. I used to wear little groups of mourning pins. – Karen


  2. I like the tiny pin, also the brass and purple glass pin….did you say you have listed them?
    I will check your store…Rosalie

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    1. Not listed yet Rosalie!! But later this week 🙂 – Karen


  3. Kellie

    Some brides are incorporating vintage brooches into their wedding bouquet, and even creating an entire bouquet with them.

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    1. Really Kellie?!! I had no idea, but I like it. And it’s good to know there is a bit of a market out there for these beauties 🙂 – Karen


  4. Victorian jewelry is a fall trend, especially clustering a group of pins on a jacket collar.

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    1. Yeah!!! This is good to hear Karen!


  5. I think they are all gorgeous. I would wear them all!

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    1. Thanks for letting me know Eugenia. 🙂 The response here has been encouraging!!! – Karen

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  6. These are beautiful, I love the hand painted scenes. I think pins are making a comeback, so you’re right on trend. Great picks!

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    1. Thanks Cat! Hope they find a good home, but in the mean time I’ll probably wear them. 🙂 Karen


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