Enamel on goldtone. L 2.9“, W 1.38 oz. Memorably based on the abundant "Oval Eyes" pendant but with perch. Acquired around 1990 - never seen another since.
BOTH: unsigned, goldtone owl encased in lucite. L 1.8.“ LEFT: the “Day” version, W 1.01 oz. RIGHT: the “Night” version, W 0.94 oz. I purchased the Day version in a Santa Paula, California thrift store around 1992 and have been looking for one like it since then. Finally the Night version showed up on eBay in 2006. In 2008 I saw another Day version on eBay serving as a key chain fob. These pendants may predate 1960.
L 2.2", W 0.22 oz. Likely most of these light and inexpensive plastic (celluloid?) pieces have detiorated or long since been discarded. This is hard to date - I would guess 1935-1950 but it could be more recent. I have more or less excluded older pieces from this web album of rarities because old pieces are often unique. There is some damage on the two bellies, probably just from lying on a surface for many years. This may be the only example of this piece left in the world.
Enamel on goldtone. The larger pieces are 3.1 inches long, the smaller 1.4 inches. Since photographing these I have purchased a blue example and seen another yellow one. That is all in ten plus years. The small one on the right is also very rare. All are very likely vintage. For one, few of the new pieces coming out of Asia use much enamel. Also I bought the yellow one around 2001, before the renewed market for owl pendants.
Enamel on goldtone. L 4.1“, W 1.86 oz. Very flat back - unsigned. Since the above one was purchased from Hawaii in 2005 I have bought another with an orange breast on eBay. I will replace the above photo (good riddance) with a photo of both. Plus I have seen one or two others over the past decade. Memorable large kitsch, likely vintage.
L 3.7“, W 2.42 oz. Goldtone with plastic eyes and three rows of glass "feathers" (6-7-5). This has far more feathers than similar pieces. It has the heft of a vintage piece, nor have I seen another one since I bought this one around 2002.
Matte enamels on goldtone. L 2.7“, W 1.73 oz. Unsigned. This is one of a class of pendants that are usually enameled in pastel colors or with a matte surface, and which have their backs finished in fine lines or dots. These may date from the 1950's and all are scarce. This was purchased in response to an email offer in 2002. I have since purchased another in browns and white.
Older enameled pieces, like the previous green piece. These are L 2.6 and weigh 1.04 (L) and .82 (R) ounces. It may be a few years before one of these shows up on eBay again.
Glass on goldtone. L 3.4“, W 1.16 oz. This was purchased at a Nipomo, California swap meet in 1997. I finally saw another very similar to it on eBay a few years ago and bought it too. Warning: the Nipomo swap meet is home to a giant robot, made of automotive parts, that has been unceremoniously decapitated. Some say it walks about seeking its head on dark nights.
Paint on pot metal. L 5.4“, W 2.11 oz. The head and tail are fairly common. I call this the “Turtle Back” pendant - see the beginning of the “Shared Parts” album for further information. Unforgettable - seen three total, one in goldtone.
LEFT: L 2.8", W 1.93 oz. Bronzetone. Right: L 2.6", W 1.15 oz. Goldtone. These are both pins, but also have large hidden bales. They are both well made. In style these are more like pins, and may be more often listed in that category. Because of jostling and impacts with the chain, pendants seem more likely to lose stones than pins.
(2013): Since posting these a few years ago I have come to realize that they may well be recent Asian imports. One can no longer assume that such rhinestone pieces are vintage. As of 10-2013 this photo has been viewed 507 times according to a Picassa count - more than any other in the collection.
Plastic on silvertone. L 2.3“, W 0.59 oz. I have only had this pendant since 2005, but I think I would know if I had ever seen it before. The head is a textured “Brainy” type. The wire wings secure the belly cab.
L 2.0“, W 0.77 oz. Enamel on goldtone. I do not recall seeing another one of these, but I could be wrong.
L 2.5“, W 1.19 oz. Plastic & goldtone. Since taking this photograph I have purchased another one of these in green plastic. I think they are vintage, but probably from later in the fad for owl pendants that started around 1970. In any case, they are hard to find.
L 3.0", w 1.78 oz. Enamel on Goldtone. I bought this beautiful pendant from a dealer in France. But I have seen one other of this mold in plain goldtone from the US. Both seem very rare and very likely vintage.
L 2.7“, W 1.36 oz. Matte plastic (?) on silvertone. The only one I have seen. Vintage kitsch.
Goldtone. L 5.7“, W 2.98 oz. For such a huge pendant this one is pretty rare. I may have seen another once.
LEFT: L 3.1", W 0.76. RIGHT: L 2.2", W 0.23 oz. These are "stained glass," meaning that we require there be no backing on the glass insets. The one on the LEFT is is well made and definitely rare, not sure about the other one. Generally, stained glass on a pendant is dubious since jostling may break or dislodge the glass.
White paint with gold undertone on pot metal. L 4.1“, W 2.20 oz. I not so sure on this, but think this is very rare with this breast. The same head and talons with a three ridged chest is available. Purchased on eBay around 2003. Definitely vintage. Have you seen any of these?
L 2.0“, W 0.98 oz. Stained Pot Metal. Not easy to find.
These are examples of unsigned pendants exactly in the shape of signed Eisenberg pieces. These usually replace the enamel on the signed pieces with a kind of tinting, like the pendant on the right. But the pendant on the left is solid goldtone, the only one I have ever seen. You see this type (L 3.3") unsigned and tinted occasionally. However the only copy I have seen of the design (L 2.7") on the right is the one photographed.
L 4.1“, W 1.41 oz. Bimetallic. One eyed and short wing deliberate - the piece is complete. This is unsigned but is very close to two unique Gold Crown Inc. pendants. Could be a knockoff. Otherwise nothing else comes close to this.
L 2.4“, W 1.47 oz. Enamel on silvertone. One of the first owl pendants I collected, around 1982. I don't recall seeing another like this since.
L 4.0", W 1.14 oz. Goldtone. Wrapped with one wire 19 times. I bought this recently (2011) on eBay, but since it is obviously vintage, and very memorable, I have confidence that I would have remembered seeing it before.
L 2.1“, W 0.99 oz. Silvertone. Enamel (?). Odd material, an odd outlier. I don't expect to see another.
L 3.8“, W 2.34 oz. Goldtone. Perhaps I have overlooked this goofy owl before.
L 2.3“, W 0.42 oz. Coppertone owl in green enamel (on copper plate). Unforgetable, but possibly a craft item.
L 3.4“, W 1.15 oz. Glass on goldtone. Same front and back. At the least, I have not seen another of these since I bought this one several years ago.