Isn't this the cutest comic character ever in history? Named the Kewpie doll, the doll was first invented by cartoonist Rose O'Neill around 1909 and quickly became an international hit. The Kewpie was described by Rose O'Neill as "a sort of little round fairy whose one idea is to teach people to be merry and kind at the same time". It was also in perfect timing with WW1 looming. The name 'Kewpie' derives from Cupid, the Roman god of erotic love.
Gold kewpies, such as this one, are becoming increasingly scarce, and this little fella is such a rare find! The hollow & small staure Kewpie pendant dates back to the late Edwardian era, circa 1910's. It is made of 9ct gold, a yellow gilding over rose gold base, (typical of that era). Over time the yellow gilding has softly faded to reveal a warm rose glow on the Kewpie's rounded tummy and forehead, adding further depth of character. This Kewpie features all the classic quirky attributes - side glancing eyes and the quaint little smile (don't you wonder what is he thinking?!) along with tiny ear, hand and feet profiles. There is even a little pocket of hair on top - oh so cute! The Kewpie is standing on a shaped podium, appearing as if he has a sense of importance! The reverse side is flat, stamped "9CT" (denoting 9ct gold) alongside what appears to be the letter "R". A 9ct gold jump ring is attached to the top allowing for a chain of your choice to thread through.
A quirky and most adorable little character, steeped with oodles of endearing history! Perfect for anyone with a Kewpie fetish!