This is a classic vintage “zig Zag Moderne” Art Deco brooch dating to the late 1920s, with a sceptre or baton design. The rod of the sceptre is filled with rounded lengths of red and black Galalith secured by angled folds of metal, creating a zig-zag effect. The “jewel” at the top is a red plastic diamond, faceted and prong set. The setting is chrome-plated base metal, fitted with a simple safety-pin type clasp.
0.5 cm (3/16″) wide at the rod, 1 cm (3/8″) wide at the top. Overall length is 7 cm (2.75″).
There is a hand-scratched mark of “500/58” on the back, possibly a design or inventory number, but no other marks.
This vintage Art Deco brooch is in good vintage condition. The chrome plating has just a slight shade of darkening on the top prongs and some wear on the clasp. The only issue is a small blurry dark spot in the top diamond which is ingrained in the plastic, not damage, and is more noticeable in the pictures than it really is.