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Frank Gargano vintage costume jewelry

Frank Gargano vintage costume jewelry

Caged Bird, book piece brooch (“American Costume Jewelry” by Carla Ginelly Brunialti & Roberto Brunialti). 1947. Marked “Sterling Pat.pend”. Gold-plated sterling silver with rhinestones. Frank Gargano vintage costume jewelry

Frank Gargano vintage costume jewelry
American jeweler Frank Gargano created jewelry in the 1940s in Providence, USA. According to the Brunialty catalog (“American Costume Jewelry” by Carla Ginelly Brunialti & Roberto Brunialti), Frank Gargano patented several brooches produced between 1946 and 1947. Traditionally, collections of little brooches had a plot, for example, a boy on an elephant, a bear cub on a bicycle, also figurines and comets. Gargano marked the brooches “sterling” or “carman sterling” and added “pat”, that meant all brooches had patents. Unfortunately, we know almost nothing about Frank Gargano himself.
Since the jewelry of this designer is extremely rare, it is very valuable. For example, an approximate price for the caged bird brooch (the above picture) can reach $500. Accordingly, there is a risk of buying a fake. Undoubtedly, jewelry work of the master, and the individual style will not leave anyone indifferent.

A couple at the Mill, a rare brooch. 1940's. Silver, gilding, crystals. Length - 6 cm, width - 5 cm

A couple at the Mill (date at the mill), a rare brooch. 1947. Silver, gilding, crystals. Length – 6 cm, width – 5 cm

When creating his jewelry, the master usually used 925 sterling silver, jewelry alloys, art glass, rhinestones and crystals.

Bear on a bicycle. Sterling silver, rhinestones. 5.5 cm

Bear on a bicycle. Sterling silver, rhinestones. 5.5 cm

Frank Gargano vintage costume jewelry

Bird in a cage set of brooch and earrings. Book-piece, 1947. 925 Sterling silver, gilding, rhinestones, vermeil. Brooch 6.7 cm, earrings 3.6 cm

Book-piece, 1947. Bird in a cage set of brooch and earrings. 925 Sterling silver, gold plated, rhinestones, vermeil. Brooch 7 cm, earrings 4 cm

Elephant with cornack. 1947. Gold-plated sterling brooch with black and white enamel, red and green rhinestones

Elephant with cornack. 1947. Designer Frank J. Gargano. Providence. Inspired by Verdura design. 5 cm. Gold-plated sterling brooch with black and white enamel, red and green rhinestones

Sailboat. 1947. Gold-plated sterling brooch with blue, white and red rhinestones

Sailboat. 1947. Gold-plated sterling silver brooch with sky blue, white and red rhinestones. 6×4.5 cm. Marked Sterling

source:
“American Costume Jewelry” by Carla Ginelly Brunialti & Roberto Brunialti