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Little Nemo vintage costume jewelry

Little Nemo vintage costume jewelry

Thermometer brooch. Jewelry alloy, multicolor rhinestones, gold plated. Little Nemo vintage costume jewelry

Little Nemo vintage costume jewelry
You never get tired of being surprised by the fantasies of designers, inspired by completely unexpected things – from bicycles and televisions to books and a set of golf as the design of a future brooch. Just look at this brooch, with a working thermometer, by the way!
American jewelry company Brier MFG Co, better known as Little Nemo, produced jewelry from 1913 to 1978 in Providence, RI. The Brier family immigrated to the United States from Austria in 1900, and Samuel Brier started a tiny jewelry company in Providence. His brother Benjamin, who had worked as a solderer in several jewelry shops, came to work for him. According to a Fortune article in 1936, Samuel Magid of Boston had gone into the wholesale jewelry business in 1907 after a short career as a novelty-jewelry salesman. Then in 1913 Mr. Magid married Rose Brier, and formed the Brier Manufacturing Co. to make jewelry for his wholesale trade with Benjamin, Charles, and Harry Brier, buying out Samuel Brier.
Benjamin Brier was president of the New England Manufacturing Jewelers and Silversmiths Association in 1942-1943. He retired from the jewelry business in 1972 and died in 1986. His son, Milton, became president of Brier Manufacturing after Benjamin retired. The company ceased operations in 1978.
Most of the jewelry was sold only with paper tags, but some decorations included marks “Little Nemo”, L/N, LN, and LN/25.

Sunflower brooch. Gold tone jewelry alloy, rhinestones. 8 cm

Sunflower brooch. Gold tone jewelry alloy, rhinestones. 8 cm

Once, Little Nemo was a very successful company due to the quality stones (imported from around the world) and detailed “old world” designs. According to sources, Little Nemo was the second largest costume jewelry company in the world, just behind legendary Coro. Noteworthy, the company made custom jewelry for Helena Rubenstein, Revlon and Walt Disney.
The Walt Disney company gave license to produce jewelry to Coro and Brier mfg co in 1935. The company produced jewelry in the form of rings, buttons, bracelets with charms and brooches on original cards. Traditionally, made of plastics, alloys, and enamel, these items were featured in advertisements for the 1938 Brier Jewelry Company (Mickey Mouse and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs).
Also, the Brier company in 1938 released decorations for Walt Disney’s full-screen cartoon “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”. Sold on cards, these pieces contained information about the name of the film and the character.

Little Nemo vintage costume jewelry

Mother of pearl blue rhinestones pot metal flower brooch

Mother of pearl blue rhinestones pot metal flower brooch

Marked LN

Marked LN

Swirl clips marked Nemo. 1960s. Silver tone jewelry alloy, enamel. 2.3 cm

Swirl clips marked Nemo. 1960s. Silver tone jewelry alloy, enamel. 2.3 cm

1930s multicolor rhinestones silver tone metal round brooch

1930s multicolor rhinestones silver tone metal round brooch

Amethyst glass cabochon flower brooch of gold tone

Amethyst glass cabochon flower brooch of gold tone

Elephant in jungles oval shaped brooch

Elephant in jungles oval shaped brooch

Filigree metal flower brooch. Yellow-green glass cabochon, rhinestones

Filigree metal flower brooch. Yellow-green glass cabochon, rhinestones

Flower brooch. Gold tone metal, blue rhinestones

Flower brooch. Gold tone metal, blue rhinestones

Flying ducks Art Deco brooch of square shape

Flying ducks Art Deco brooch of square shape

Gold tone flower tied with bow brooch, red cabochons

Gold tone flower tied with bow brooch, red cabochons

Rectangular shaped flower brooch gold tone metal, enamel, art glass

Rectangular shaped flower brooch gold tone metal, enamel, art glass

Multicolor rhinestones oval brooch

Multicolor rhinestones oval brooch

Leaf dress clip. Silver tone metal, rhinestones

Leaf dress clip. Silver tone metal, rhinestones

Green rhinestones faux pearl flower brooch

Green rhinestones faux pearl flower brooch

Viola flower brooch. Silver tone textured metal, blue rhinestones

Viola flower brooch. Silver tone textured metal, blue rhinestones

1936 ads

1936 ads

Chatelain pin for sweater from the series 'Snow White'

Chatelain pin for sweater from the series ‘Snow White’

Doc gnome brooch pin

Doc dwarf brooch pin

Mickey Mouse pin. Metal enamel

Mickey Mouse pin. Metal enamel

Snow White series. 1938

Snow White series. 1938

Cards with Snow White series. 1938

Cards with Snow White series. 1938

Sold in 1938 decorations

Sold in 1938 decorations