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    Posted 5 months ago

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    This all started for me a few months ago when Jenni, bought a fine Lea Stein Quarrelsome cat brooch, for us to appreciate, which brought back my own memories of having purchased one in Paris during a 1981 trip.

    Since then I learned that my old brooch that looked like a farmer was called Benjamin, in greens and browns. That the quarrelsome cat name is a translation for 'chamaille', which has a slightly different meaning, more like a childish physical brawl, or brawler cat.

    My little collection was acquired from France and England and the USA.

    Some are obviously older than others, the cat here is a fake and was sold as Lea Stein STYLE quarrelsome cat, from Marseilles France.

    Once I got the cat, I found the head was a little strange, with one pointy ear and one rounded, as well as the mat black back surface, and the assembled pieces which do not correspond in shape to the real cat design. I can provide a picture of the real back of this brooch if you want to compare them.

    The history of the production of these brooches by Lea Stein starts in early 1960s to early 1980s, a break for 10 years, then a resumption of mostly the same brooches in various new color schemes till today, she has several retail contracts in European countries and USA as well as Australia, seems they are more popular now out of Europe than in.

    The geometric layered rhodoid brooches were from the earlier period. The others I think may have been fabricated all along, as they were popular.

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    1. truthordare truthordare, 5 months ago
      The real Lea Stein cat brooch back:
    2. valentino97 valentino97, 5 months ago
      Nice collection! The cat is darling anyway! But thanks for your research and showing the backs. As we know, often the way to confirm if an item is real or fake. Still, he is a wonderful critter! All else wonderful too - love the face!
    3. truthordare truthordare, 5 months ago
      Thanks Mary, I feel the same, the cat Love the green and red collar with face too, these come in all kinds of colors s well.
    4. Newfld Newfld, 5 months ago
      They're all gorgeous Lisa, I love them! To my eye the cat is a very, very good Stein style that really looks like her quarrelsome esp the pretty face - with the added cachet of being from Paris, what a lovely reminder :)
    5. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 4 months ago
      I know little of Lea Stein, but the pieces look like “Art Deco” to me. Is that the style in which she designed? I love the profile of the lady, she looks 1920’s, a flapper? Great little collection Lisa. So what if the cat is a fake? ( harsh word) but you must remember any worth while designer was copied! Just as long as a person knows the difference.....
    6. truthordare truthordare, 4 months ago
      Hi Eileen, she did do Art Deco sometimes, she used all kinds of inspiration styles, from childrens TV shows and their characters, to modern designs, to old fashioned Hollywood stars like Joan Crawford.

      You are right about the fake or copy in the style of, because I am not that familiar with these pieces, I did not see the differences till I received it, so I was fooled, more about me making an investment, I felt....
    7. truthordare truthordare, 4 months ago
      Thanks Jenni, glad your like my little collection, you inspired me, and that is nice when another CW member gives you a new interest.
    8. valentino97 valentino97, 4 months ago
      Lisa, I know how it feels when you purchase something and it "isn't quite right",...but you aren't sure. Hopefully you didn't spend too much on the kitty. Yet, as I said before, it's a dang cool Cat! I love it.
    9. valentino97 valentino97, 4 months ago
      Over the years I have passed up so any of these layered pins! Oh well.
    10. truthordare truthordare, 4 months ago
      That is the thing Mary, as a genuine Lea Stein it was a great deal, as a copy not so much. Resale value would be same amount I paid or less. But.... I love the color and the subject, so it's a keeper.

      Thanks for sharing your own adventures in brooch country. I also love the vintage sterling silver ones, many made in USA, and highly affordable. Go figure.
    11. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 4 months ago
      “Brooch Country”
      I love it Lisa! Ha!

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