Vintage Ming's Ivory & Sterling Warrior Pin & Earrings Set
Ming's began producing and selling jewelry in the early 1940's and continued until the close of their business in the1990's. Most commonly produced with hand carved ivory and sterling silver, pieces typically represented animals, nature and warriors native to the Hawaiian islands. Ming's used only the finest African elephant ivory, which at the time was legally purchased and imported, and sterling silver metal.
This beautiful set by Ming's is from the 1950's and represents a pair of earrings and a large pin that all portray the head of a Polynesian warrior. The ivory has been intricately hand carved and is very detailed. The ivory warrior helmet that sits atop each face is textured and has a hammered sterling silver border. The ivory face of each warrior has been hand dyed/painted a golden brown color and has ivory colored teeth. The earrings have the original screw backs which are both marked "STERLING" twice on each. Ming's signature is on the back of all three pieces: one earring is marked "IVORY MAHIOLE" and the other is marked "MING'S HONOLULU". The pin is marked "MING'S HONOLULU IVORY MAHIOLE". All three markings are hand signed and in black ink.
Measurements: Each earring measures a little less than 1" at the widest point, slightly more than 1" at the longest point and approximately 1/8" thick. The pin measures approximately 2 1/4" at the widest point, a little less than 2 3/4" at the longest point and approximately 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the set is excellent. There is no apparent damage to the ivory or the sterling silver. The earring screw backs are in great working condition and sit securely on the ear. The pin clasp fastens securely and is in good working condition.