Celine T Saxe vintage costume jewelry
Unique in design, costume jewelry from the French brand Céline T Saxe is extremely rare and highly collectible. Its history began in 1976 in Bouguenais, a small town in western France that is part of historic Brittany. The brand’ creator was Madame Joelle Thieriot, who founded the eponymous company on production of bijoux in January 1976.
Located at the address 48 Rue Jules Valles 44340 Bouguenais, the company produced high quality artisan and runway jewelry. The small team of jewelers handcrafted exquisite pieces using metal alloys, gold, enamel, crystals and art glass. The markings on the back side included the word Celine T. Saxe. Paris on oval cartouche, without copyright mark.
Incorporated in 1976, the company ceased to exist in December 2003.
Noteworthy, there is a similar jewelry brand, Celine Paris, which produced haute couture bijoux in the 1980s. However, this is a completely different company representing the fashionable Parisian brand Celine, and the labeling of their products is different. The marking, in particular, includes words Celine Paris and very often “Made in Italy”.
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Celine T Saxe vintage costume jewelry
William Scully vintage badges
The history of the Canadian uniform manufacturer William Scully began 145 years ago. The Canadian representative of the London-based company “Welsh Margetson and Sons”, William Scully founded his company William Scully Holdings Limited in Montreal in 1877. Noteworthy, it was the first and only company in Canada to produce caps, helmets, buttons, metal badges and equipment for the militia, the Royal Canadian Navy, the police and other forces.
William Scully died in 1921 and his son Colonel William Gladstone Scully became the company’s president. Since 2001, the family business has been run by William B. Scully, a member of the fifth generation. The company continues producing insignia, buttons, cords, sticks, buckles, regimental badges and pins.
Traditionally, in the manufacture of badges, craftsmen use the classic production technology – stamping, both manually and mechanically. Next stage includes electroplating, where the metal is given the desired color – gold, silver, blue or black. The next stage, carried out manually, is the coating of future badges with cold offset enamels. Thus, the materials and technology for making badges are very similar to making costume jewelry.
Poggi Paris vintage costume jewelry
The history of the French brand Poggi for the production of fashionable jewelry began forty-five years ago in Paris. The brand belongs to the Poggi corporation, founded by the young Parisian fashion designer Patrick Battaglia in January 1977. Born in 1951, Patrick still leads the company, being its president. Located at the address 63 Rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris, beautiful Poggi boutique offers affordable and trendy jewelry.
High quality bijoux labeled Poggi is a stylish runway costume jewellery made from alloys of gold and silver tones. Also, art glass of different shades imitating precious stones and rhinestones. Noteworthy, all of this brand’s jewelry is handcrafted in the heart of the Le Marais area in Paris. Accordingly, the labeling contains two words Poggi and Paris.
Signed Nuri vintage costume jewelry
The history of the American jewelry brand Nuri spans a fairly short period, just over two decades. Founded in 1978 in the coastal city of Bellingham, Washington State, Nuri Fashion Designs Ltd. owned two jewelry brands, “Nuri” and “Watercolors”, registered in 1984 and 1992, respectively. The Watercolors was active for five years, and Nuri brand ceased to exist in 2006.
Despite the short period of time, Nuri craftsmen have created fabulous collection of jewelry pieces distinguished by their unique geometric design. These are brooches and earrings handcrafted in Neo Deco style, with the use of multicolor abalone. Also, the designers used pewter, sterling silver, and rhinestones.
Noteworthy, the jewelry components were made in Taiwan and hand-assembled in the USA. The marking on the back of each piece includes the word “Nuri” in fancy script and a copyright sign.
William Kerr antique silver jewelry
The history of William B. Kerr Co, one of the oldest American silver manufacturers, began 166 years ago in Newark, New Jersey. Founded in 1855, the company, along with flatware and hollow-ware produced silver and gold jewelry and accessories. Most often, these were buckles, brooches, pins and pendants with images of angels, flowers and Art Nouveau women. Antique silver items of this brand are kept in museums in the USA as an example of Art Nouveau jewelry art.
From about 1855 to 1892, markings included their trademark medieval ax logo, later a hammer and three X’s, followed by the words sterling and the mold number. Noteworthy, the company ceased to exist in 1927, absorbed by the largest silver brand Gorham Manufacturing Company. Gorham owned the company for 40 years and then sold it to the Textron Corporation.
Signed Birks vintage costume jewelry
The history of the Birks jewelry brand began in 1879, when Henry Birks opened his jewelry boutique in downtown Montreal, Canada. What started as a family business with a small store on St. James Street, has become an iconic Canadian brand known throughout the world.
Since 1893, when William, John and Gerald, the sons of Henry Birks worked for the company, it was already “Henry Birks and Sons”. The business was successful and the company expanded and opened new boutiques and stores throughout Canada.
Sometimes, the company incorporated local jewelry companies into its business, adding the word Birks to their name. For example, Birks-Ryrie (Toronto), or Birks-Dingwall (Winnipeg). In addition to the jewelry companies, Birx acquired some silverware companies. Among them, Hendery & Leslie in 1897, and Roden Bros. Ltd in 1953. From 2004 to 2013, Birks Group Inc. is a large corporation formed as a result of the merger of the Canadian and American companies Henry Birks and Sons and Mayors Jewelers Inc.
Along with jewelry – rings, necklaces, bracelets, brooches, earrings, buttons and key rings, the company produces other products. In particular, Christmas tree decorations, clocks and chronometers, tea sets and candelabra, ice buckets and silver decanters, knife stands and much more.
American jewelry designer Earl Pardon (1926 – 1991)
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Earl Pardon was a painter, sculptor, jeweler and educator. With nearly forty years of experience in teaching, he raised a galaxy of talented jewelers. Having entered the Memphis Academy of Arts in 1951, he began teaching jewelry at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. In addition, from 1954-1955 Pardon worked as Assistant Director of Design for Towle Silversmiths. At the same time, he created unique jewelry, experimenting with enamels, colors, textures and metals. The uniqueness of his jewelry is in the fact that each element can exist on its own. And his brooches resemble framed in metal paintings. Thus, the artist confirms that jewelry design is an art. According to Earl, the painting of Cézanne and Picasso, the art of African tribes, and the philosophy of Zen had a strong influence on his work.
Noteworthy, his son Todd also became a jeweler, working in a similar technique. That’s why his work is sometimes confused with his father’s.
Art professor, Earl Pardon retired in 1989, and died in Boston, MA in 1991. The same year, E. Blauer in his book “Contemporary American Jewelry Design” devoted some pages to Earl’s work.