We first present three examples of costume jewelry owls which have midsections from totally different animals.
L 5.4“, W 2.11 oz. Unsigned. Rare. This is the rare “Turtle Back” owl pendant. Why do we call it that? Take a look at the hexagonal pattern on its chest. Is this representative of the pattern feathers make on an owl's breast?
L 4.0“, W 1.49 oz. Common. Here is the probable source for the hexagonal lattice design on the “Turtle Back” owl - a turtle's back! For the owl pendant, wings have been added and the border reduced. Otherwise it is the same design, and exacly the same size. Very likely the turtle came first since the hexagonal lattice suggests a turtle's shell.
L 5.8“, W 2.53 oz. Unsigned. Note that the belly of this owl pendant does not have bilateral symmetry. On the right side, near the top, there are more “feathers” than on the left. And for that matter, do these inverted U shapes look like feathers?
L 6.0“, W 3.01oz. Unsigned. Here is the source of the belly on the previous owl. Now the asymmetric projection makes sense - it is the dorsal fin of a fish. And the odd looking “feathers” are actually scales.
L 2.3“, W 1.05 oz. Pin. Plastic on goldtone. This owl pin has a curious asymmetric breast, yet his head and feet face forward. This is a common pin and the plastic part comes in several different colors.
L 2.1“, W 0.74 oz. Pin. And here is the exact same part as was used for the breast on the owl pin, now in the setting it was designed for, a fish in profile.
In this and many other styles below there is a continuous “beak to ear” line, a slanted S, that forms in part the beak, brow and ear. In the Brainy Head this line forms only the forward contour of the ear. It also forms a brow which interrupts the contour of the orbit (the part surrounding the eye). The forehead is broad and often bulbous. Examples follow.
Signed CA (KCA?). L 4.0“, W 1.92 oz. White on pot metal. Abundant type.
Unsigned. L 3.7“, W 2.69 oz. Goldtone. Abundant type.
Unsigned. L 2.2“, W 0.75 oz. Tumbled stones on goldtone. Common.
Unsigned. L 2.2“, W 0.75 oz. Mirrored glass in goldtone. Common type, center varies. Often, as here, the forehead of the Brainy Head is decorated with ridges or rhinestones.
Unsigned. L 3.0“, W 0.62 oz. Goldtone - glass magnifier. Available.
Unsigned. L 1.5“, W 0.69 oz. Silvertone.
Unsigned. L 1.8“, W 0.51 oz. Silvertone.
Unsigned. L 2.3“, W 0.67 oz. Faux turquoise on silvertone. Common, center highly variable.
Unsigned. L 2.7“, W 0.91 oz. Plastic in silvertone. Uncommon.
Unsigned. L 2.2“, W 0.41 oz. Two segments. Glass on goldtone. Head & tail common, center greatly varies.
Unsigned. L 3.1“, W 1.14 oz. Enamel on goldtone. Uncommon.
Unsigned. L 1.9“, W 0.65 oz. Four segments. Silvertone. Uncommon.
The “Deco Head” uses full circles for the eyes and orbits, with the ears represented by broad based peaks that encompass the orbital circles. The contours of the beak are not continuous with the brow or ears.
Unsigned. L 3.9“, W 1.80 oz. Paint on pot metal. Common type.
Unsigned. L 3.4“, W 1.97 oz. Glass in goldtone.
Unsigned. L 3.5“, W 1.51 oz. Three segments. Glass on goldtone. Common type.
Unsigned. L 3.5“, W 1.67 oz. Goldtone. Common.
Unsigned Cadora. L 3.7“ W 2.0 oz. Uncommon.
The “Flat Orbit” head has flat (unridged) orbits without prominent feathers. The beak to ear line forms the whole ear.
Unsigned. L 4.1“, W 1.37 oz. White paint on goldtone. Abundant. The “Phalanx” type.
Unsigned. L 3.7“, W 1.10 oz. Silvertone. Common.
Unsigned. L 3.7“, W 1.25 oz. Enamel and goldtone. Very common type.
Unsigned. L 4.0“, W 1.39 oz. Copper. The abundant “Phalanx” type.
Unsigned. L 4.3“, W 1.62 oz. Goldtone. Common.
The “Perforated Head” has numerous holes, usually pebble shaped as above. The orbits are flat, the beak is thinly connected to the brow and ears.
Unsigned. L 3.0“, W 1.02 oz. Silvertone. Common.
Unsigned. L 4.0“, W 1.42 oz. Glass in silvertone. Available type.
Unsigned. L 4.8“, W 1.94 oz. Paint on pot metal. Common.
Unsigned. L 5.8“, W 3.02 oz. Four segments. Goldtone & white. Common. Here a Perf Head has been encased in downflared feathers. Price from $6 to $12, or no bid, on eBay.
Signed HMS. L 5.0“, W 1.81 oz. Glass in silvertone. In this style of perforated head the openings are squiggly and the upper contour of the forehead is recessed.
Signed Art. L 3.9“, W 1.20 oz. White on goldtone. Available.
In the “Ridged Orbits” head the outer perimeter of the orbits bear one or more narrow raised ridges.
Signed Cinerama. L 3.4“, W 2.12 oz. Faux turquoise in silvertone. Abundant, usually unsigned.
Unsigned.L 3.6“, W 1.27 oz. Three segments. Silvertone.
Unsigned. L 4.0“, W 1.59 oz. Silvertone. Common.
Unsigned. L 4.3“, W 1.74 oz. Goldtone. Common type.
Unsigned. L 4.3“, W 1.83 oz. Paint on pot metal. Common.
Unsigned. L 4.0“, W 1.10 oz. Silvertone. Common.
Unsigned. L 3.4“, W 0.62. Five segments (flexibly attached). Common head & tail combination.
Prominent upward flared feathers dominate this head. There are no ears, the beak is narrow and the forehead small.
Unsigned. Total length 4.5“, W 1.71 oz. Silvertone.
Unsigned. L 4.2:, W 1.58 oz. Three segments. Goldtone. Common type.
L 3.7“, W 2.02 oz. Goldtone. Uncommon.
Unsigned. L 3.1“, W 1.02 oz. Paint on pot metal. Common.
Unsigned. L 4.5“, W 1.69 oz. Six segments. Bimetalic. Common.
A few owl pendants have these identical menacing talons.
Unsigned. L 4.1“, W 2.20 oz. Painted pot metal. Talons. Uncommon.
Unsigned. L 4.5“, W 3.66 oz. Four segments. Pewtertone. Available.
Unsigned. L 4.0“, W 2.58 oz. Goldtone.
The head and body of the abundant Oval Eyes owl pendant have been used in other pendants.
Signed Cinerama. L 2.7“, W 1.31 oz. Coated goldtone. In this common head-only pendant the Oval Eyes head has (1) been provided a cap, (2) given round eyes, and (3) had a back layer of feathers added at the bottom. The beak to ear contours and the open work on the upper head are taken from the Oval Eyes pendant.
Unsigned. L 4.7“, W 1.53 oz. Silvertone. Rare. Compare the head to Oval Eyes.
Unsigned. L 3.7“, W 1.09 oz. Silvertone. Uses a Flat Orbits head with a Body and tail like Oval Eyes, except (1) details on the wings and tail are flattened, and (2) the tail is fused to the body.
Unsigned. L 3.6“, W 1.27 oz. Uses the same body and tail segments as Oval Eyes except (1) size is reduced, (2) recessed areas are cut out, and (3) the wings each have two instead of three feathers.
Unsigned. L 4.0“, W 1.42 oz. Plastic on silvertone. Body and tail like Oval Eyes but with perforations.
Many vintage owl pendants bear this same tail. Note that the central feather is partially obscured. There is also a seven feather version.
Unsigned. L 4.7“, W 2.01 oz. Plastic on silvertone. Very common.
Unsigned. L 3.7“, W 0.96 oz. Pewtertone. Available.
L 4.7“, W 2.30 oz. White & goldtone. No wings. Available.
L 5.1“, W 1.84 oz. Paint on pot metal. Uncommon body.
L 4.3“, W 1.74 oz. Glass in goldtone. Very common type.
L 5.0“, W 1.63 oz. Silvertone. Common type, center varies.
L 3.9“, W 1.09 ox. Silvertone. Abundant, also with ridged orbits. Minihearts breast.
L 4.0“, W 1.10 oz. Silvertone. Very common, also with flat orbits.
L 4.5“, W 1.60 oz. Paint on pot metal. Unsigned, SC on chain, and on chain of another. Uncommon.
L 3.1“, W 0.90 oz. Glass on silvertone. Seven feathered fan tail.
L 3.3“, W 0.88 oz. Goldtone. Three segments. Diverse midsections. Seven feathered tail.
L 3.6“, W 1.13 oz. Silvertone. Tail fused to body segment. Two feathers have been deliberately removed on one side of a Nine Feathered Fan tail, leaving seven asymmetric feathers.