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Item/Description: Antique/vintage ca. early-1900s to 1930s "Awarded by LC Smith & Corona Typewriters, Inc" enamel and copper metal lapel pinback with stunning embossed/bas relief imagery depicting a hand with "wings" sprouting from it and reaching down onto a typewriter (the symbolization of this “winged hand” equating with speed of typing ability).
***This “speed typists” award may have been presented meritoriously to a company employee in recognition and appreciation of their speedy typing “on the job”, or it may have been awarded as the prize in a contest/competition sponsored by Smith-Corona for the winner whose typing speed was the fastest - possibly a business or high school competition (we are uncertain of the precise background).
Age/Period: Antique/Vintage - ca. Early-1900s to 1930s
*Pin face reads “Awarded by LC Smith & Corona Twrs Inc.”
*Reverse side of pin is signed “L G Balfour Co”
Material(s): Enamel & copper metal.
Measurements: ½"W x ½"H
Condition: Excellent, retaining a marvelous patina to the metal portions, and with the royal blue enameling remaining vividly colorful and unmarred.
Although this does not appear to be a “flaw”, being noted for purposes of accuracy is the presence of a minuscule amount of blue coloration in a teeny space in the center design. When viewed in the magnification of the photograph, it appears to be more prevalent than it actually is, but when viewed in person, it is virtually unapparent to the naked eye (we had to use a jeweler’s loop with 10x magnification in order to see what the magnified photographic image shows).