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Charles Horner vintage costume jewelry

Charles Horner vintage costume jewelry

Sails ship antique rare brooch pin. Faux marcasite staybright alloy (chrome and stainless steel). 4.3 cm. 1940s. Charles Horner vintage costume jewelry

Charles Horner vintage costume jewelry
Resident of English town of Halifax, Charles Horner (1837-1896) was an English jeweler and founder of the Charles Horner of Halifax jewelry company. He founded the company in the 1860s and produced silver jewelry and accessories, including items for needlewomen. Among his more famous jewelry “lines” were Art Nouveau enamel pendants and necklaces, as well as twisted silver wire jewelry, “glass paste” brooches and silver hairpins. Noteworthy, Charles Horner was one of the first to use plastics in jewelry, in particular casein plastics.
Traditionally, all jewelry pieces by this company have hallmarks sterling silver – Chester – 1911 and Charles Horner’s trademark – C.H
The company began voluntary liquidation in 1984 and ceased to exist.

Bamby deer baby brooch. Sterling silver, faux marcasite

Bamby deer baby brooch. Sterling silver, faux marcasite

Patented in 1884 “Dorcas” thimbles, were especially famous. They were not silver and very durable, unlike just silver thimbles, which crumpled, because they were a kind of sandwich of strong steel and layers of sterling silver.

After the death of Charles Horner in 1896, his two sons, James Dobson Horner and Charles Henry Horner, continued their father’s business.

Charles Horner vintage costume jewelry

Antique amethyst glass stone sterling silver brooch pin. 1910s

Antique amethyst glass stone sterling silver brooch pin. 1910s

In 1905, opened in Mile Cross new factory ‘Halifax’ began producing not only jewelry and accessories, but also tableware and watches. Also, the company produced hat pins (made in gold), a collection of which was featured on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow in May 2013.

Basket of flowers brooch pin. 1950s

Basket of flowers brooch pin. 1950s

During World War II, due to the lack of resources, the company used Halifax’s silver tone Staybright (chrome and stainless steel) instead of genuine marcasites. It was “stamped” in such a way that holes obtained that brilliantly imitate marcasites.

CH initials of Charles Horner

CH initials of Charles Horner

Antique sterling silver pearl brooch of floral design. 1909

Antique sterling silver pearl brooch of floral design. 1909

Art Nouveau sterling silver enameled brooch

Art Nouveau sterling silver enameled brooch

Bar brooch. Sterling silver, amethyst. 1911

Bar brooch. Sterling silver, amethyst. 1911

Deer pin. Animal series of brooches of faux marcasite

Deer pin. Animal series of brooches of faux marcasite

Pheasant brooch pin. Faux marcasite

Pheasant brooch pin. Faux marcasite

Scottish terrier pin, from the animal series of brooches of faux marcasite

Scottish terrier pin, from the animal series of brooches made from faux marcasite

Butterfly brooch. Sterling silver, blue enamel

Butterfly brooch. Sterling silver, blue enamel

Cameo brooch. Sterling silver, carved ivory. 1948

Cameo brooch. Sterling silver, carved ivory. 1948

Celtic Knot pendant. Sterling silver, black onyx. 1910s

Celtic Knot pendant. Sterling silver, black onyx. 1910s

circa 1930s sterling silver pendant

circa 1930s sterling silver pendant

Clear crystal sterling silver brooch pin

Clear crystal sterling silver brooch pin

Clover brooch. Sterling silver, blue amethyst

Clover brooch. Sterling silver, blue amethyst

Elongated oval brooch from the Art Nouveau era. Sterling silver, amethyst, guilloche enamel. 5 cm. Before 1950

Elongated oval brooch from the Art Nouveau era. Sterling silver, amethyst, guilloche enamel. 5 cm. Before 1950

Emerald green cabochon sterling silver antique brooch

Emerald green cabochon sterling silver antique brooch. Circa 1910

Enameled silver ring

Enameled silver ring

Enameled sterling silver pendant. 1914

Enameled sterling silver pendant. 1914

Flower pendant. Sterling silver, handpainted enamel

Flower pendant. Sterling silver, handpainted enamel

Four leaf brooch. Sterling silver. 7.5 cm

Four leaf brooch. Sterling silver. 7.5 cm

Green cabochon heart brooch. Sterling Silver. 1911

Green cabochon heart brooch. Sterling Silver. 1911

Guitar brooch pin. Faux marcasite

Guitar brooch pin. Faux marcasite

Parrot brooch pin. Sterling silver, faux marcasite

Parrot brooch pin. Sterling silver, faux marcasite

Peacock brooch pin. Faux marcasite, sterling silver. 1950s

Peacock brooch pin. Faux marcasite, sterling silver. 1950s

Scarab Pendant. Sterling silver, enamel

Scarab Pendant. Sterling silver, enamel

Scottie dog and the dog house. Sterling silver

Scottie dog and the dog house. Sterling silver

Swallow brooch pin. Sterling silver

Swallow brooch pin. Sterling silver

Swallow brooch. Faux marcasite, gold tone metal

Couple of Swallows brooch. Faux marcasite, gold tone metal

Swallow brooch. Sterling silver

Swallow brooch. Sterling silver

Thistle brooch. Sterling silver, glass cabochon

Thistle brooch. Sterling silver, glass cabochon