Vintage TAKAHASHI THURSH PIN Carved Takahashi Female Thrush Pin

$ 135.00

A Vintage Carved Takahashi Female Thrush Pin. The pin is an original unsigned Takahashi bird. The pin has the copper feet as well as the push pin tacks to secure the pin back clasp. The bird measures 1 3/4" long by about 3/4" high. The bird pin is in very good condition. No enamel loss, chips, or cracks. Nice high gloss shine intact. Read more about the highly collectable artists below:

This wonderful work of art was created by Yoneguma and Kiyoka Takahashi, their marvelous wood birds are miniature works of art. The Takahashi family were among many Japanese-Americans confined in Poston Camp, AZ after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

While in the camp, they participated in a craft class where they learned to carve and paint small birds and after they were released three and a half years later they turned this craft into a family business that continued for 40 years.

Yoneguma carved the birds out of white holly wood, starting with a jig saw, then smoothing and sanding the bird. When done, Kiyoka painted the birds with watercolor paints using fine camel hair paint brushes. She used a John Audubon bird book for reference with watercolors using fine camel hair brushes. 10 coats of lacquer were then applied.

A good day's production was 10 birds. The birds were mostly sold via word of mouth, though a couple of department stores such as the high end San Francisco retailer Gump's carried them. Production was mostly lapel pins, but earrings were occasionally made. The birds sold for as little as $2 in the early days but in the 1980s, the birds were being sold for $40.

Initially more than 100 species were made, both male and female, but eventually about 25 different birds were offered regularly for sale.

Their earlier birds are typically found unsigned. Some of the birds created before the 1970s have the initials K.T.; after 1970, the initials K&Y.T. with the date appear. Some are dated without initials and some rare ones are signed with the name of the bird.

There were copies made in the 1970s; these can most easily be identified by the manner in which the pin was attached. The Takahashi birds use small push pin tacks while the repro pin backs have small screws to attach the pin back.

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