1940s Joseff of Hollywood Cancer Crab Zodiac Brooch
Very collectible Cancer (June 22 - July 22) zodiac sign brooch made by Joseff of Hollywood in the 1940s. It features a crab (the symbol for Cancer) rendered in 3D. It measures 2 1/8" in diameter and is signed, 'Joseff' on the back. The brooch is in good vintage condition with a patina wear to the finish indicative of its age.
Joseff of Hollywood made a lot of the jewelry that was used in the Hollywood films of the 1930s and 1940s. The company was famous for developing a unique, coppery gold-colored matte metallic finish known as Russian gold. Russian gold minimized the problem of over -reflectivity when filming metallic jewelry under powerful, bright studio lights.