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Vintage Gold Sundial Zodiac Pendant Unsigned Tortolani

  • $ 4500

A vintage 1970s sundial zodiac pendant with raised gnomon triangle piece, Roman numeral hour marks, and signs of the Zodiac. It has no markings so I assume it is gold plated. I believe it is a Tortolani unsigned piece, but could be a knockoff. It is still a really cool piece. I am not sure if this actually works as a sundial so am calling it decorative. The chain has large links and is 24 inches long. The pendant itself is approximately 1.75 inches in diameter or 45mm.

The Zodiac is a symbol that represents an imaginary belt in the heavens and includes the positions of the sun, moon, and most of the planets. It is divided into twelve equal divisions or signs which are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces.

Francisco Tortolani founded the Metalcraft Jewelry Company of Providence, RI in 1934. The company produced costume jewelry including the Tortolani line. It moved to Los Angeles in 1950 and the name was changed to Tortolani Jewelry.  All jewelry was hand cast in pewter, hand polished, and finished with real gold or silver plate

Major companies including Max Factor and Avon commissioned customs items to sell during that time. Tortolani also designed jewelry for Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, and John Wayne. The company stopped production under the Tortolani name in 1976 but returned with a new line of costume jewelry under the trademark name of Corina. 

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