Henning Koppel vintage silver jewelry (1945-1980)
Danish artist Henning Koppel (8 May 1918 – 27 June 1981) studied drawing and sculpture in the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’s in 1936–37. After graduation he moved to France, where he studied in the Académie Ranson in Paris. Koppel began his silversmithing career in Sweden (at Svenskt Tenn), where he lived during the German occupation of Denmark.
However, his life-term collaboration was with Danish silversmith Georg Jensen, for whom he began making jewelry in 1945.
Noteworthy, in addition to jewelry, he designed porcelain (Bing & Grøndahl, hollowware, glass (Holmegaard), lamps (Louis Poulsen & Co), and even wall clocks.
Many-awarded artist, sculptor and jeweler Henning Koppel was a permanent participant of most prestigious art exhibitions, where he took gold medals and first prizes. Today, his artworks fetch high prices at art auctions.
A distinctive feature of his jewelry designs – abstract sculptural “splash” shapes in minimalism style. Also marine theme designs with fish and fishers, dolphins, amoeba and sea plants and creatures.
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Henning Koppel vintage silver jewelry (1945-1980)
De Thorda vintage costume jewelry
The history of the Austrian jewelry brand De Thorda began in 1960 in Vienna. In a 1961 directory of European firms, Atelier De Thorda was listed as an Austrian bijouterie company. Located at Haselbrunner Straße 8, 1237 Wien, Atelier De Thorda produced high quality jewelry. Handcrafted in limited quantities, these vintage rarities are highly collectible today.
Traditionally, the company’s craftsmen used gold-tone metal alloys, art glass, enamel and bakelite. The jewelry design was very progressive for its time – bold catwalk bracelets, earrings, necklaces and brooches with a geometric accent. The markings consisted of a De Thorda stamp in fancy script on an oval cartouche + a copyright symbol. Also, some products have handwritten signature in black enamel, and sometimes even on the front side.
The company went out of business until the 1980s.
Larry Moses Begay silver jewelry
Known for his intricate silver creations, Larry Moses Begay (b. 1969) began creating jewelry in the late 1980s. He is a member of the famous Begay family that has been silversmithing for decades. Silversmithing and jewelry making is a traditional part of the Navajo Nation, Lukachukai, to which Larry Moses Begay belongs. Traditionally, Begay works with sterling silver, gold, turquoise, onyx, malachite, lapis, and mother of pearl. Also, he signs his jewelry with initials LMB, or LB and horse hallmark.
Diné (Navajo) hereditary silversmith Larry Moses Begay used to exhibit his art works in several Indian Markets in Santa FE and at the Northern Indian Pueblos Arts & Crafts Show.
Historically, notable Southwestern Indian silversmithing tribes include Navajo, Zuni, Hopi and Rio Grande Pueblos. Originally, Navajo silversmiths used to make ornaments for themselves or relatives. However, after 1900, they expanded silver manufacturing, due to traders and tourists. The inherent love of ornamentation and jewelry, the availability of turquoise and silver, together with craftsmanship talents, allowed tribal jewelers to develop silver jewelry art. Noteworthy, most jewelers did not learn to silversmith until the 20th century. Besides, only men practiced silversmithing, and Navajo women began making jewelry only in the 20th century.
Jean Thierry Bondt fine jewelry (1955-2006)
The history of the French jewelry brand JTB, founded by Jean Thierry Bondt, spans fifty years. Incorporated in January 1955, the jewelry company “Soc Jean Thierry Bondt Joail”, located at 19 Rue De Choiseul, ceased to exist in December 2006.
Jean Thierry Bondt was a famous Parisian jeweler and jewelry designer who collaborated with such jewelry brands as Jacques Lacloche, Alain Boucheron and Van Cleef and Arpels.
Most active in the 1960s and 70s, Bondt created nature inspired and haute couture brooches, earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Traditionally, the designer used high quality materials, mainly precious metals and stones – gold, platinum, diamonds, sapphires, emeralds and others.
JBT branded jewelry sold at prestigious auctions fetches high prices.
Today, on the site of his jewelry atelier at 19 rue de Choiseul there is a bar restaurant, and there are no traces of a jewelry workshop left. Unfortunately, there is also no information about the biography of the jeweler, place and date of his birth, education, etc.
Paye Baker antique silver jewelry (1900-1950s)
The history of one of the oldest American silverware companies Paye & Baker Mfg. Co. began in 1900 in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. However, the company’s predecessor was Simmons & Paye Co., founded by Charles Paye and Jessie O. Simmons in 1896 in Providence, Rhode Island. The name change of the company occurred in 1900 when Frank L. Baker became the second owner of the company, succeeding Jessie O. Simmons. In addition, the owners of the revitalized company, along with their families and workshops, moved to North Attleboro, Massachusetts.
The company continued the production of silver items – napkin holders, elegant serving and souvenir spoons, figured forks, matchboxes, ashtrays, handbags, cigarette cases, belt buckles, buttons, etc. Meanwhile, jewelry included Art Nouveau brooches, pendants, rings, and hatpins. Also, silver jewelry included teddy bear jewelry, hair combs, celluloid products, and more.
The company’s marking is unique in its design – these are three separate P & B signs inside three hearts and the word sterling.
Notably, in the 1950s, Paye & Baker Mfg. Co. ceased to exist, absorbed by the Bishop Company.
Birds Blooms vintage pewter jewelry (1995-2008)
Many clothing, cosmetics and perfume companies used to produce costume jewelry as an accessory to their brand advertising the company’s products. Roughly the same can be said about Birds & Blooms, a popular birding and gardening magazine in the United States.
The first line of limited edition pewter costume jewelry marked Birds & Blooms appeared in 1995. The markings, respectively, included Birds & Blooms Premier Design, number, and year of production. Noteworthy, brooches and lapel pins, made in pewter included not more than fifteen designs on gardening and bird themes. In particular, bird nest, birdhouse, garden cart, watering can, butterfly, garden hat, seed stamp and wicker chair. The last production date for Birds & Blooms jewelry is 2008.
Incorporated in 1995, Birds & Blooms trademark was first used in 1994. The original trademark owner was Rda Enthusiast Brands, Llc located in Delaware. In fact, Rda Enthusiast Brands, Llc owns dozens of brands, and Birds & Blooms was one of them. Other owners of Birds & Blooms included Trusted Media Brands, Inc. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) and Reiman Media Group, LLC (Greendale, Delaware).
Bartel Sohne vintage silver jewelry
The old Bavarian city of Augsburg has been known for its hereditary master jewelers since 1560. The Bartel dynasty of goldsmiths and founded by them Bartel & Söhne company have been known since at least 1884.
The workshop of Alfred Bartel was located in an old mansion of the 15th century in Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany.
Noteworthy, their modernist jewelry designs produced in the 1940s-1960s have become the most famous and collectible.
Creating jewelry by hand, the craftsmen used silver, gold, rhodium and natural stones – quartz, garnet, amethysts, baroque pearls and more. Jewelry design, along with modernist and abstract, so popular in the 1960s, included Victorian and classical. No less excellent were floral and plant motifs embodied in filigree brooches, rings, earrings and pendants. Also, they created a series of Zodiac Sign pendants and charms made from silver.
Traditionally, the markings on these pieces include the initials BS for Bartel & Söhne.
Today, based in Kaufbeuren, Germany “Alfred Bartel & Söhne GmbH & Co. KG” is still active, but it manufactures different products. In particular, portable power tools for jewelers and watchmakers, plastic industrial products, and a variety of household products.