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Vintage communist enamel pin
Vintage communist enamel pin
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Chocolate Moose Colorful Fun Enamel Pin Tacky Washington DC Gift Shop Logo Store
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Large Avon Pink Enamel w Rose Lapel Pin Pinback
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VINTAGE 1973 RAGGEDY ANN ANDY BOBBS MERRILL ENAMEL METAL PIN
$5.00
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Vintage Rock Island County Illinois Enamel Pinback Pin
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Vintage 1996 Kodak Womens All American Basketball Team Charlotte NC Enamel Pin
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Montage Events Enamel Pin Rok Lapel Pin Olympics Pin Year 2000
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Vintage Enamel Ski Power Snowflake Pin EUC
$5.09
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Vintage US Veterans Helmet of Honor Patriotic Enamel Lapel Pin
$5.00
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1984 Los Angeles Olympics Sam the Eagle Mascot with US Flag Star Enamel Pin
$5.00
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WEEKEND COWBOY ENAMEL LOGO HAT GIFT PIN BADGE RODEO RANCH HORSE PIN NEW
$2.39
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$75.00
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BlizzCon 2016 EXCLUSIVE Merchy Murloc Murky GOLD Enamel Pin Blizzard Series 3
$14.95
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Vintage HRB Highway Research Board Blue Enamel Gold Tone Pin Award
$19.99
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RARE CANADA Sainte Ste Agathe Ski School Lapel Hat Pin Quebec ENAMELED STERLING
RARE CANADA Sainte Ste Agathe Ski School Lapel Hat Pin Quebec ENAMELED STERLING
$75.00
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1988 Korea Olympics Hodori Tiger Enamel Pin
1988 Korea Olympics Hodori Tiger Enamel Pin
$4.95
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Cool Vintage Tourism Works for America US Flag Patriotic Enamel Pin Pinback
Cool Vintage Tourism Works for America US Flag Patriotic Enamel Pin Pinback
$5.00
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Motorhead RARE VTG Enamel Lapel Pin Badge Pinback for hat jacket MeTaL Lemmy
$29.99
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Rude Girl RARE VTG Enamel Metal Lapel Pin Badge Pinback for hat jacket SkA pUnK
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Specials RARE VTG Enamel Metal Lapel Pin Badge Pinback for hat jacket SkA pUnK
$29.99
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The Beat RARE VTG Enamel Metal Lapel Pin Badge Pinback for hat jacket SkA pUnK
$29.99
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WP FOR THE LOVE OF CHILDREN ENAMEL PIN 51523
WP FOR THE LOVE OF CHILDREN ENAMEL PIN 51523
$23.99
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Vintage Tortoise and Hare Race Aesop Fable Enamel Lapel or Tie Tac Pin
Vintage Tortoise and Hare Race Aesop Fable Enamel Lapel or Tie Tac Pin
$5.00
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Vintage 2007 Hesters World Music and Art Festival Enamel Souvenir Pin
Vintage 2007 Hesters World Music and Art Festival Enamel Souvenir Pin
$5.00
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Antique Womans Christian Temperance Union White Bow Pin WCTU ENAMEL
Antique Womans Christian Temperance Union White Bow Pin WCTU ENAMEL
$7.00
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Vintage St Saint Andrewa Mixed Curlers Curling Club Enamel Pin
Vintage St Saint Andrewa Mixed Curlers Curling Club Enamel Pin
$5.00
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Vintage 1999 Annie Get Your Gun Musical Promo Enamel Target Pin
Vintage 1999 Annie Get Your Gun Musical Promo Enamel Target Pin
$5.00
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IOWA ENAMEL STATE LAPEL PIN UNKNOWN AGE THE BIG CORN CORN COB TRACTOR Tie Tack
IOWA ENAMEL STATE LAPEL PIN UNKNOWN AGE THE BIG CORN CORN COB TRACTOR Tie Tack
$4.74
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VTG Dark Green TENNESSEE STATE ENAMEL LAPEL PIN CHATTANOOGA NASHVILLE Tie Tack
VTG Dark Green TENNESSEE STATE ENAMEL LAPEL PIN CHATTANOOGA NASHVILLE Tie Tack
$4.74
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SOUTH CAROLINA ENAMEL LAPEL PIN COLUMBIA CHARLESTON Tie Tack
SOUTH CAROLINA ENAMEL LAPEL PIN COLUMBIA CHARLESTON Tie Tack
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3 Jackson Hole WY Enamel Ski Resort Pins Looney Tunes Taz Marvin Martian Skull
3 Jackson Hole WY Enamel Ski Resort Pins Looney Tunes Taz Marvin Martian Skull
$14.95
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ATLANTA FALCONS PIN VINTAGE RED HELMET PIN BRUSHED ENAMEL PIN
ATLANTA FALCONS PIN VINTAGE RED HELMET PIN BRUSHED ENAMEL PIN
$7.95
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ATLANTA FALCONS PIN VINTAGE BLACK HELMET PIN BRUSHED ENAMEL PIN
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1940s JA Junior Achievement Lapel Pin Enamel Youth Organization Horace Moses
1940s JA Junior Achievement Lapel Pin Enamel Youth Organization Horace Moses
$10.00
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Pin Vintage Collectible Enamel On Metal Flying V Electric Guitar
Pin Vintage Collectible Enamel On Metal Flying V Electric Guitar
$6.99
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Pin Vintage Collectible Enamel On Metal Electric Guitar
Pin Vintage Collectible Enamel On Metal Electric Guitar
$6.99
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VINTAGE 1980S RICK SPRINGFIELD ENAMEL PIN ROCK N ROLL JESSIES GIRL MUSIC
VINTAGE 1980S RICK SPRINGFIELD ENAMEL PIN ROCK N ROLL JESSIES GIRL MUSIC
$11.99
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Vintage Retro Cool 80s The Cars Collectible Enamel Pin back Rock Band Lapel
Vintage Retro Cool 80s The Cars Collectible Enamel Pin back Rock Band Lapel
$9.99
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Enameled Pin with Trees Are Hell
Enameled Pin with Trees Are Hell
$5.00
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VINTAGE 1980S MICHEAL JACKSON RED ROUND ENAMEL PIN ROCK N ROLL
VINTAGE 1980S MICHEAL JACKSON RED ROUND ENAMEL PIN ROCK N ROLL
$10.99
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Maui Beach Bum Enamel Vintage 80s Lapel Souvenir Hat Pin Surf Aloha
Maui Beach Bum Enamel Vintage 80s Lapel Souvenir Hat Pin Surf Aloha
$11.99
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VINTAGE 1980S MICHEAL JACKSON IN TUXEDO ENAMEL PIN ROCK N ROLL
VINTAGE 1980S MICHEAL JACKSON IN TUXEDO ENAMEL PIN ROCK N ROLL
$10.99
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VTG Clowns of America TheGreatest club on earth lapel pin 10K GoldFilled enamel
VTG Clowns of America TheGreatest club on earth lapel pin 10K GoldFilled enamel
$9.99
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VINTAGE 1980S IRON MAIDEN KILLERS ALBUM ENAMEL PIN ROCK N ROLL CLASSIC METAL
VINTAGE 1980S IRON MAIDEN KILLERS ALBUM ENAMEL PIN ROCK N ROLL CLASSIC METAL
$13.99
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VINTAGE 1980S JUDAS PRIEST ALBUM ENAMEL PIN ROCK N ROLL SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE
VINTAGE 1980S JUDAS PRIEST ALBUM ENAMEL PIN ROCK N ROLL SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE
$15.99
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VINTAGE 1980S IRON MAIDEN ENAMEL PIN ROCK N ROLL HEAVY METAL
VINTAGE 1980S IRON MAIDEN ENAMEL PIN ROCK N ROLL HEAVY METAL
$13.99
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VINTAGE 1980S SAXON GUITAR SHAPED ENAMEL PIN ROCK N ROLL HEAVY METAL BRITISH
VINTAGE 1980S SAXON GUITAR SHAPED ENAMEL PIN ROCK N ROLL HEAVY METAL BRITISH
$10.99
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WL ELKS 1639 2004 05 BOB SCHADE ER LAMP SHADE ENAMEL PIN 50850
WL ELKS 1639 2004 05 BOB SCHADE ER LAMP SHADE ENAMEL PIN 50850
$57.00
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WL SABBAR BIRD ENAMEL PIN 50849
WL SABBAR BIRD ENAMEL PIN 50849
$57.00
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WL US AMERICAN FLAG  YELLOW BOW ENAMEL PIN 50851
WL US AMERICAN FLAG YELLOW BOW ENAMEL PIN 50851
$27.00
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Vintage 80s Certified Angus Beef Enamel Pin Pinback Farmer Cowboy
Vintage 80s Certified Angus Beef Enamel Pin Pinback Farmer Cowboy
$7.99
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VINTAGE 1980S PINK FLOYD RED ELECTRIC GUITAR SHAPED ENAMEL PIN ROCK N ROLL
VINTAGE 1980S PINK FLOYD RED ELECTRIC GUITAR SHAPED ENAMEL PIN ROCK N ROLL
$14.99
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VINTAGE 1980S PEARL LAGER RED OVAL ENAMEL PIN TEXAS PABST MILLER HAT COLLAR TIE
VINTAGE 1980S PEARL LAGER RED OVAL ENAMEL PIN TEXAS PABST MILLER HAT COLLAR TIE
$13.99
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VINTAGE 1980S 6 PACK OLD MILWAUKEE BEER ENAMEL PIN WHITE GOLD PABST HAT SHIRT
VINTAGE 1980S 6 PACK OLD MILWAUKEE BEER ENAMEL PIN WHITE GOLD PABST HAT SHIRT
$13.99
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VINTAGE 1980S BUSCH BAVARIAN BEER LOGO ENAMEL PIN ANHEUSER ST LOUIS HAT TIE CAP
VINTAGE 1980S BUSCH BAVARIAN BEER LOGO ENAMEL PIN ANHEUSER ST LOUIS HAT TIE CAP
$13.99
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VINTAGE 1980S 6 PACK OLD MILWAUKEE BEER ENAMEL GOLD PIN HAT TIE CAP DRINK COLD
VINTAGE 1980S 6 PACK OLD MILWAUKEE BEER ENAMEL GOLD PIN HAT TIE CAP DRINK COLD
$13.99
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VINTAGE 1980S 6 PACK MILLER BEER ENAMEL GOLD RED PIN HAT TIE CAP DRINK COLD
VINTAGE 1980S 6 PACK MILLER BEER ENAMEL GOLD RED PIN HAT TIE CAP DRINK COLD
$13.99
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VINTAGE 1980S COORS LIGHT BEER CAN ENAMEL PIN HAT TIE CAP COLLAR DRINK COLD
VINTAGE 1980S COORS LIGHT BEER CAN ENAMEL PIN HAT TIE CAP COLLAR DRINK COLD
$9.99
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VX WAYNE COUNTY WBA ENAMEL SOUVENIR PIN 49287
VX WAYNE COUNTY WBA ENAMEL SOUVENIR PIN 49287
$41.99
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VINTAGE 1980S ZIG ZAG MAN MARIJUANA POT LEAF ENAMEL PIN HAT TIE CAP COLLAR
VINTAGE 1980S ZIG ZAG MAN MARIJUANA POT LEAF ENAMEL PIN HAT TIE CAP COLLAR
$12.99
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Vintage I Love Oahu Enamel Lapel Pin Back heart and palm tree design 1
Vintage I Love Oahu Enamel Lapel Pin Back heart and palm tree design 1
$6.95
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VINTAGE 1980S NOBODY DOES IT BETTER ENAMEL PIN HAT TIE CAP COLLAR
VINTAGE 1980S NOBODY DOES IT BETTER ENAMEL PIN HAT TIE CAP COLLAR
$9.99
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VINTAGE 1980S ENAMEL PINS LOT 3 COUNTRY WESTERN GUITAR BLUEGRASS BANJO
VINTAGE 1980S ENAMEL PINS LOT 3 COUNTRY WESTERN GUITAR BLUEGRASS BANJO
$15.99
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The Sagamore on Lake George Pin VINTAGE EARLY Enameled
The Sagamore on Lake George Pin VINTAGE EARLY Enameled
$22.00
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VINTAGE 1980S ENAMEL PINS LOT OF 2 COWBOY ON THE TOILET  RODEO BULL RIDER
VINTAGE 1980S ENAMEL PINS LOT OF 2 COWBOY ON THE TOILET RODEO BULL RIDER
$7.99
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VINTAGE 1980S ENAMEL PINS LOT OF 2 COLORADO NATIVE  SEMI NATIVE FLAG PROUD HAT
VINTAGE 1980S ENAMEL PINS LOT OF 2 COLORADO NATIVE SEMI NATIVE FLAG PROUD HAT
$7.99
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VINTAGE 1980S CRUISER STYLE MOTORCYCLE ENAMEL PIN HARLEY HONDA BIKER FREEDOM
VINTAGE 1980S CRUISER STYLE MOTORCYCLE ENAMEL PIN HARLEY HONDA BIKER FREEDOM
$7.99
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VINTAGE 1980S COUGAR ON A BRANCH ENAMEL PIN WILDCAT MOUNTAIN LION MASCOT HAT
VINTAGE 1980S COUGAR ON A BRANCH ENAMEL PIN WILDCAT MOUNTAIN LION MASCOT HAT
$7.99
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VINTAGE 1980S SMURF PLAYING TENNIS YELLOW RACKET ENAMEL PIN SPORTS BLUE CUTE
VINTAGE 1980S SMURF PLAYING TENNIS YELLOW RACKET ENAMEL PIN SPORTS BLUE CUTE
$9.99
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DARLINTON Southern 500 Brass Enamel Pin Scarce Commemorative Vintage Pinback A1
DARLINTON Southern 500 Brass Enamel Pin Scarce Commemorative Vintage Pinback A1
$5.85
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YEAR 2000 METAL ENAMEL LAPEL HAT PUSH BACK SOUVENIR TEN PIN BOWLING LEAGUE PIN
YEAR 2000 METAL ENAMEL LAPEL HAT PUSH BACK SOUVENIR TEN PIN BOWLING LEAGUE PIN
$1.50
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TEXAS 5 BOWLING BALLS TWBA LOOKIN GOOD METAL ENAMEL LAPEL HAT PUSH BACK PIN
TEXAS 5 BOWLING BALLS TWBA LOOKIN GOOD METAL ENAMEL LAPEL HAT PUSH BACK PIN
$1.95
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Vintage SEX LESSONS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY c3 old enamel pin
Vintage SEX LESSONS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY c3 old enamel pin
$9.99
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I BOWLED A 200 GAME METAL ENAMEL LAPEL HAT PUSH BACK TEN PIN BOWLING PARTY PIN
I BOWLED A 200 GAME METAL ENAMEL LAPEL HAT PUSH BACK TEN PIN BOWLING PARTY PIN
$1.95
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Very Cute Red White Blue Enamel Religious ANGEL Lapel Pin Pinback
Very Cute Red White Blue Enamel Religious ANGEL Lapel Pin Pinback
$9.99
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ARC American Red Cross Production 1940s Volunteer Pin Badge WWII Rare Vtg Enamel
ARC American Red Cross Production 1940s Volunteer Pin Badge WWII Rare Vtg Enamel
$16.95
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Cavity colors holiday mystery enamel pin
Cavity colors holiday mystery enamel pin
$15.99
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ECONET LOGO SILVER TONE METAL AND ENAMEL ADVERTISING PIN
ECONET LOGO SILVER TONE METAL AND ENAMEL ADVERTISING PIN
$3.95
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Nice Vintage Enamel Pin Florida Delta Triangle Logo Symbol
Nice Vintage Enamel Pin Florida Delta Triangle Logo Symbol
$29.99
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Maxwell House Olympics Red Enamel Pin
Maxwell House Olympics Red Enamel Pin
$2.99
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Official USA American Flag Winter Summer Stars Olympics Aminco Enamel Hat Pin
Official USA American Flag Winter Summer Stars Olympics Aminco Enamel Hat Pin
$4.00
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2002 PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY INDY RACING LEAGUE WINCRAFT ENAMEL PIN
2002 PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY INDY RACING LEAGUE WINCRAFT ENAMEL PIN
$6.95
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JWs COWBOY HAT CLOTHING WESTERN APPAREL ENAMEL GIFT CREATIONS ADVERTISING PIN
JWs COWBOY HAT CLOTHING WESTERN APPAREL ENAMEL GIFT CREATIONS ADVERTISING PIN
$3.95
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Very Cool Vintage Red Enamel CAR AUTO AUTOMOBILE Brass Pin
Very Cool Vintage Red Enamel CAR AUTO AUTOMOBILE Brass Pin
$9.99
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Impossible Geometry Sacred G Cube Triangle Rasta Reggae Enamel Lapel Hat Pin
Impossible Geometry Sacred G Cube Triangle Rasta Reggae Enamel Lapel Hat Pin
$5.99
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AVON PRODUCTS INC PIN VERY OLD ENAMEL PIN
AVON PRODUCTS INC PIN VERY OLD ENAMEL PIN
$11.99
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NIAGARA FALLS SEAGRAM TOWER ENAMEL PAINTED VIOLIN TRAVEL PIN
NIAGARA FALLS SEAGRAM TOWER ENAMEL PAINTED VIOLIN TRAVEL PIN
$14.39
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NEW RED WESTERN COWBOY BOOT ENAMEL LAPEL HAT PIN
NEW RED WESTERN COWBOY BOOT ENAMEL LAPEL HAT PIN
$8.95
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Vintage V USA Red White Blue Enamel Lapel Pin
Vintage V USA Red White Blue Enamel Lapel Pin
$12.00
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NEW MAROON BURGUNDY WESTERN COWBOY BOOT ENAMEL LAPEL HAT PIN
NEW MAROON BURGUNDY WESTERN COWBOY BOOT ENAMEL LAPEL HAT PIN
$8.95
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TUCAN BIRD ENAMEL PIN
TUCAN BIRD ENAMEL PIN
$6.39
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VINTAGE ENAMEL 4 H THIRD PIN STERLING SILVER 4 LEAF CLOVER BLACK
VINTAGE ENAMEL 4 H THIRD PIN STERLING SILVER 4 LEAF CLOVER BLACK
$12.00
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NEW BLUE WESTERN COWBOY BOOT ENAMEL LAPEL HAT PIN
NEW BLUE WESTERN COWBOY BOOT ENAMEL LAPEL HAT PIN
$8.95
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NEW WHITE WESTERN COWBOY BOOT ENAMEL LAPEL HAT PIN
NEW WHITE WESTERN COWBOY BOOT ENAMEL LAPEL HAT PIN
$8.95
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Vintage Nice Quality RED WHITE BLUE Enamel French Flag Colors Rectangle Pin
Vintage Nice Quality RED WHITE BLUE Enamel French Flag Colors Rectangle Pin
$14.50
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Ren And Stimpy Enamel Pin Lot Set Nickelodeon Sold Out Like Mondo Cartoon
Ren And Stimpy Enamel Pin Lot Set Nickelodeon Sold Out Like Mondo Cartoon
$23.95
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Tales From The Crypt Evil Dead Mashup Enamel Pin Like Mondo Glow In The Dark
Tales From The Crypt Evil Dead Mashup Enamel Pin Like Mondo Glow In The Dark
$14.95
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Jason Voorhees Friday The 13th Enamel Lapel Pin Limited Sold Out Like Mondo
Jason Voorhees Friday The 13th Enamel Lapel Pin Limited Sold Out Like Mondo
$16.95
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Terminator Endoskeleton Enamel Lapel Pin Comic Movie Skynet Horror Like Mondo
Terminator Endoskeleton Enamel Lapel Pin Comic Movie Skynet Horror Like Mondo
$11.95
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Collectible Vintage Pin Nice Design BOXER Dog Black  White Design Enamel Metal
Collectible Vintage Pin Nice Design BOXER Dog Black White Design Enamel Metal
$9.99
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Enameled Pin

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Antique painted miniature enameled pin diamond (12109-0008)

A History of Jewelry

When did we first begin wearing jewelry? What purpose did it signify at the time? When was the first ring or token given to express a form of marriage or union, or perhaps to seal a treaty? To answer these questions, we must look back through history, not only hundred, but at least thousands of years. These questions call for answers, as the more we become aware of jewelry historically and the part it played in peoples lives for so many years, the more we can relate to our origins in jewelry of today.

Jewelry ornaments of precious metal, sometimes set with gems have been worn since ancient times by people of all cultures for personal adornments, of badges of social rank, and as emblems of religious, social and political affiliation. Jewelry has been worn on the head in the for of crowns, native headdresses made of feathers, bones and precious beads, tiaras, hairpins, hat ornaments, earrings, nose rings, earplugs, and lip rings; on the neck in the form of collars, necklaces and pendants; on the breast in the form of pectorals, brooches, clasps and buttons; on the limbs in the form of bracelets, armlets and anklets; and at the waist in the form of belts and fancy girdles, such as chatelaines ensuring chastity, scent cases and rosaries.

The ancient Egyptians were familiar with most of the processes of ornamenting metal that are still in use today. They skillfully produced engraved, soldered, and inlaid jewelry. They commonly worked in gold and silver and inlaid these metals with semiprecious stones such as carnelian, jasper, amethyst, turquoise, and lapis lazuli and with enamel and glass. Their jewelry included diadems (headwear); wide bead necklaces or collars; hoop, hinged, or bead bracelets, and rings. An especially popular ornament was the signet ring. Jewelry motifs – the scarab (beetle), lotus, falcon, serpent, and eye, for example were derived from religious symbols.

Sumerian, Babylon, and Assyrian tombs of the 3rd and 2nd millennia have yielded a great quantity of headdresses, necklaces, earrings, and animal amulet figures in gold, silver, and gems. Fine gold and silver were also made in ancient Persia and Phoenicia. Greek and Roman artisans of the Minoan period executed earrings, bracelets, and necklaces that persisted from about 2500 B.C. to 479 – 323 B.C. Stamping was common as well as gold granulation and filigree.

The Byzantine nobility wore jewelry in lavish profusion. Dresses were made with gold set with jewels; pearls, rubies, and emeralds mounted in gold were worn at the neck and shoulders and hung in festoons from the temples to the breast. Most certainly too lavish for our most expensive clothing today, although we garnish our clothes with crystals, rhinestones, and faux pearls; perhaps as historical hand-me-downs!

The Renaissance period became an even more important part of fashionable costume. Rich velvet and silk robes for both men and women were embroidered with pearls and sparkling gems. During the 17th and 18th Century, jewelry was characterized by both luxury and popularity. The Arrangement, or Set, called a parure often included a tiara or ring, necklace, earrings, and brooch. Many magnificent parures were created for the Royal Houses of Europe. These included watchcases, snuffboxes, seals, and thimble cases. The jewelry worn in Colonial America was mostly imported from Europe.

The continent of Africa has produced jewelry of great beauty and variety since prehistoric times. Northern Africa is noted for silverwork, plain and enameled of the desert peoples. Craftspeople in Medieval Africa made rings, bracelets, and other ornaments out of gold, amber, ivory, brass, and bronze. Beads of shell and glass have long been important elements of personal adornment. Jewelry has also been used as a vehicle for religious symbols; the crosses of Ethiopia and NW Africa; and to indicate social or economic status. Today's African jewelry echoes many traditional themes.

As we examine this brief history of jewelry, the answers to our questions become significant. There is overwhelming evidence that jewelry in some form has been a part of many cultures for thousands of years. It's purpose, materials, value, and symbolic meanings seem to have remained relatively constant through to modern times. It appears that jewelry has given people in days long ago the same pleasure and meanings as it does for us today.

By Karen WhiteleyKaren B Whiteley

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