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Bauman-Massa vintage costume jewelry

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Bauman-Massa vintage costume jewelry

Siesta Mexican sitting at cactus figural brooch. Pot metal, enamel, rhinestones. 1940s. Bauman-Massa vintage costume jewelry

Bauman-Massa vintage costume jewelry (1935-1941)
The history of Bauman-Massa Jewelry Company began in St. Louis, Missouri, as wholesale jewelers, manufacturers and importers. Its founders were German born Samuel H. Bauman (1853-1933) and Edwin Massa (1848-1929). Incorporated in 1882, Bauman-Massa Jewelers’ Supply Co. changed name to Bauman-Massa Jewelry Company in 1895. The Bauman family sold the company in 1941. The new owner and president Catherine McCullar didn’t change the company’s name.
For 132 years of its existence, the company has launched three jewelry trademarks. In particular, Cardinal (1935 costume jewelry), Winsome (1976, rings) and Kate Mccullar (2001, diamond and gold jewelry).
Handcrafted in 1935-1941 under the direction of the Bauman family, these unsigned figural artisan pins are highly collectible today.
Inspired by South American nature, Indian and Mexican traditions, pot metal enameled ornaments have fabulous artisan design. Sold in branded department stores, BM ornaments were popular with both among jewelry lovers and tourists visiting South America or border areas. Indeed, Siesta, Mexicans in folk dress, cacti, coconuts, monkeys in palm trees and stubborn donkeys embodied in pins were a good souvenir of an exotic trip.
Unfortunately, one of the oldest American jewelry companies, Bauman-Massa Jewelry Co., ceased to exist in 2014.
The last owners of the company announced the liquidation of the company and its property, including jewelry, many of which the public saw for the first time in 2014.

Romantic Mexican couple in folk dresses, a man playing the guitar, figural brooch. Pot metal, enamel, rhinestones. 1940s

Romantic Mexican couple in folk dresses, a man playing the guitar, figural brooch. Pot metal, enamel, rhinestones. 1940s

Trademark. 1895

Trademark. 1895

Bauman-Massa vintage costume jewelry

American Indian Warrior figural pin brooch. Pot metal, yellow and red enamel. 1940s

American Indian Warrior figural pin brooch. Pot metal, yellow and red enamel. 1940s

Coconut Palm Tree brooch pin. Pot metal, enamel, rhinestones. 1930s

Coconut Palm Tree brooch pin. Pot metal, enamel, rhinestones. 1930s

Double Palm Tree brooch. Gold tone, rhinestones, enamel

Double Palm Tree brooch. Gold tone, rhinestones, enamel

Fanged Snake, Eagle, Fish fetish brooch. Metal alloy, enamel. 1940s

Fanged Snake, Eagle, Fish fetish brooch. Metal alloy, enamel. 1940s

Floral design dress clip. Gold tone, enamel, rhinestones

Floral design dress clip. Gold tone, enamel, rhinestones

Lady with suitcases and palm tree figural brooch. Metal alloy, enamel, rhinestones

Lady with suitcases and palm tree figural brooch. Metal alloy, enamel, rhinestones

Llama and cactus tree figural brooch. Enamel, metal alloy, gilding. 1940s

Llama and cactus tree figural brooch. Enamel, metal alloy, gilding. 1940s

Mexican Pot Seller figural brooch pin. Pot metal, enamel, rhinestones. 1940s

Mexican Pot Seller figural brooch pin. Pot metal, enamel, rhinestones. 1940s

Monkey in Palm Tree figural brooch. Pot metal, enamel, rhinestones. 1940s

Monkey in Palm Tree figural brooch. Pot metal, enamel, rhinestones. 1940s

Ostrich Bird figural brooch pin. Gold tone, rhinestones, art glass

Ostrich Bird figural brooch pin. Gold tone, rhinestones, art glass

Parrot brooch. Enamel, rhinestones, metal. 1940s

Parrot brooch. Enamel, rhinestones, metal. 1940s

Peapods brooch pin. Metal alloy, enamel. 1940s

Peapods brooch pin. Metal alloy, enamel. 1940s

Pot Seller figural brooch. Pot metal, enamel. 1940s

Pot Seller figural brooch. Pot metal, enamel. 1940s

Stubborn mule and Mexican figural brooch. Pot metal, enamel, rhinestones. 1940s

Stubborn mule and Mexican figural brooch. Pot metal, enamel, rhinestones. 1940s

Zulu Warrior figural pin. Pot metal, enamel, rhinestones

Zulu Warrior figural pin. Pot metal, enamel, rhinestones