Share your favorites on Show & Tell

Cara China Staffordshire Flower Pin, 1950's

In Costume Jewelry > Costume Brooches > Show & Tell and China and Dinnerware > Staffordshire Ceramics > Show & Tell.
j_daze's loves7 of 29Thrift Store TreasuresNew home Sewing Machine
Love it
Like it

vcalvcal loves this.
martikamartika loves this.
SEAN68SEAN68 loves this.
lentilka11lentilka11 loves this.
ho2cultchaho2cultcha loves this.
pebblepebble loves this.
KarenokeKarenoke loves this.
ManikinManikin loves this.
racer4fourracer4four loves this.
kivatinitzkivatinitz loves this.
beyemveybeyemvey loves this.
TimeTravellerTimeTraveller loves this.
j_dazej_daze loves this.
auraaura loves this.
jscott0363jscott0363 loves this.
kyratangokyratango loves this.
mikelv85mikelv85 loves this.
EfesgirlEfesgirl loves this.
TassieDevilTassieDevil loves this.
Hel1Hel1 loves this.
vetraio50vetraio50 loves this.
See 20 more
Add to collection

    Please create an account, or Log in here

    If you don't have an account, create one here.

    Create a Show & TellReport as inappropriate

    Posted 7 years ago

    (915 items)

    Hello Followers, Visitors, Members and Friends from Collectors Weekly, 16-02-2017, 1:30 AM
    I found this very delicate porcelain flower brooch today at my local thrift store, at first i was thinking enamel, but when i start research it i realize it's bone china, made in England by a company name "Cara China Staffordshire" hand painted, very nice addition to my brooch collection, growing fast, but hold in a jewellery box, LOL

    This brooch is 2 inch by 1.50 inch.

    Many Thanks to Everyone for Viewing.

    ----------------------------Cara China Staffordshire--------------------------------

    English china manufacterer Cara China began making fine bone china ornaments, broaches, earrings in 1945. Cara China was owned, prior to the present owners, by William, (born 25 Dec 1900), Millicent, & Hilda (born 12 Feb 1909) Bridgwood. Their brother Samuel worked for them. Most was for export, to Canada, Bahamas, Bermuda. The family was related to the Bridgwood family who owned (and sold in 1879) Sampson Bridgwood. est 1853.


    Think for just a moment! For a long time we had costume or fashion jewelry that was made from other metals like gold plated rhodium, copper, chrome, pewter, etc.

    Something more fresh and novel could easily brighten up the soul during the World War II Years. These petite hand-made and hand-painted floral brooch sets with their bright & effervescent colors were sure to liven up the hearts of those young women during the War years. From research it appears that some English factories, although not a great many, produced bone china jewelry from about 1945 up to early 1960.

    There were some English china factories that thought that this would probably be a good idea to produce such effeminate creations as bone china floral brooch & earring sets. Hence about 1945 companies in the production of bone china jewelry were Aynsley China Co, Cara China Co., Coalport China Co., Crown Staffordshire China Co., Bone China Crafts Co. and Paragon China Co., This is to name just several who produced such bone china jewelry. In addition, they also produced floral clusters/floral arrangements and figural/figurines. All of which are hand crafted and hand painted in a dazzling array of colour.

    Being bone china and not metal, many of these pieces of jewelry are found with little chips or flea bites. Why? You may ask. Well after all, many of these little jewelry pieces are very delicate/fragile bone china pieces that are relatively thin and hand worked in their production. The ruffling of the little florettes lends an imminent danger for breakage. Then on the other hand, people do accidentally drop their jewelry onto the floor. These are china pieces after all! What normally happens when one drops a china cup to the floor? Normally the china cup will break. Hey! China jewelry that has a lot of ruffling like these brooches is guaranteed not to survive without enduring the disastrous collision with a floor. Sometimes this is why we find them chipped. The degree of chipping would also depend on how one would store this jewelry. If it loosely set amongst other metal or china pieces of jewelry clanging against each other, such a fate was inevitable. On the other hand, on many occasions small pieces left factories with inevitable little flea bites that were hand coloured or under glazed in the factory before shipment.

    Because of such evident history, these little English bone china pieces of jewelry are becoming very collectible. After all, many of these china jewelry pieces were hand crafted in the china factories as early as 1945 which would make them some sixty years old. Do they not deserve some reverence?

    Courtesy of :

    Costume Brooches
    See all
    Jewelry Lot ALL Good Wear Resell Brooch Art Estate Vintage Modern 5 Pc NO Junk
    Jewelry Lot ALL Good Wear Resell Br...
    3 Lb Pounds Unsearched Huge Lot Jewelry Vintage Now Junk Art Craft Treasure Fun
    3 Lb Pounds Unsearched Huge Lot Jew...
    Antique Jewelry Cat Vintage Fishing Brooch Personality Vintage Brand Gold Plated
    Antique Jewelry Cat Vintage Fishing...
    I Am Edgar Berebi My All In A Row Angel child Vintage Brooch pin jewelry 24kplat
    I Am Edgar Berebi My All In A Row A...
    Jewelry Lot ALL Good Wear Resell Brooch Art Estate Vintage Modern 5 Pc NO Junk
    Jewelry Lot ALL Good Wear Resell Br...
    See all


    1. bijoucaillouvintage bijoucaillouvintage, 7 years ago
      It's a beauty! The various shades of green are so well crafted to melt into each other.

    Want to post a comment?

    Create an account or login in order to post a comment.