Gold plated brooch with Interchangeable magnetic cabochons. 1950s. Lady Ellen vintage costume jewelry
Lady Ellen vintage costume jewelry
Veteran of WWII, fighter pilot, Czech-American jewelry manufacturer Henry B. Lederer (1920-2013) founded Lederer Brothers in 1946. The New York City based company became known for their high-quality pearl and interchangeable gem jewelry. In 1955 Henry B. Lederer invented earrings with interchangeable precious, semi-precious, or artificial stones. His invention was patented as Magnetic Earrings With Inter – Changeable Ornaments. Thanks to the attached magnetic elements, the wearer could easily change the color, quickly remove and replace stone to match wearer’s dress, or the occasion.
Marked “Lady Ellen”, the jewelry was traditionally sold in the original boxes.
Noteworthy, there is a similar jewelry brand on the vintage jewelry market, but it does not belong to Lederer. In particular, the Lady Ellen brand, owned by Los Angeles, California-based Kaynar Manufacturing Co. The Lady Ellen jewelry brand, incorporated in 1948, ceased to exist in 1992.
Circle pin. Sterling silver, cultured pearl
Transformer clips of silver tone. 1960s
Vintage 12 K gold filled leaf and pearl design screw back earrings
Leaf design pendant and screw back earrings. 12 K gold filled, cultured pearl
Pearl silver tone clip on earrings. 1950s
Flower brooch pin. Gold plated alloy, interchangeable cabochon. 1950s
Gold plated earrings, interchangeable cabochon. 1950s
Leaf design clip on earrings. Sterling silver, cultured pearl. 1940s
Crown logo with Lederer stamp
Trademark since 1948
Marking – Lady Ellen Interchangeables
Lady Ellen vintage costume jewelry brand by Kaynar Manufacturing Co (Los Angeles, 1948-1992):
Butterfly hair clip. Gold tone, faux pearls. 1960s
Vintage hair clip. Gold tone, rhinestones
Calla Lily filigree hair clip. Gold plated alloy, pearl
Mesh bow gold tone hair clip
Bow design gold tone rhinestones hair clip. 1960s
Filigree design gold tone bow hairpin. 1960s
Butterfly hairpin. Gold tone, enamel. 1960s