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Marleen vintage costume jewelry

A pirate head brooch and earrings. Gold plated sterling silver. Brooch 4.8 cm, earrings 2 cm. 1945. Designer Frederick J. Pearsall. Marleen vintage costume jewelry

A pirate head brooch and earrings. Gold plated sterling silver. Brooch 4.8 cm, earrings 2 cm. 1945. Designer Frederick J. Pearsall. Marleen vintage costume jewelry

Marleen vintage costume jewelry
Active in 1940s, Marleen Costume Jewelry Company was located in the US jewelry capital – the city of Providence, Rhode Island. The company’s jewelers handcrafted figural costume decorations with the use of sterling silver and gold plating. Traditionally, the marking on the back side of each item included the word “Marleen Sterling” and pat. (patent number) on a square base. Marleen, like many manufactories of the 1940s, protected their jewelry with a patent, which helped to determine their belonging.
Noteworthy, the designer of these pirate theme brooches and earrings from Swashbucklers series was Frederick J. Pearsall. Providence, Rhode Island based freelance designer Frederick J. Pearsall (1883 – 1975) collaborated with several costume jewelry companies of the time. According to sources, he was the main designer for Marslieu and Marleen companies, as well as the Imperial Pearl company which absorbed Marslieu and Marleen in 1948.
Extremely rare hand-made Marleen jewelry pieces mentioned in the Brunialti reference book, are highly collectible now.

Pirate Ship sterling silver pin

Pirate Ship sterling silver pin. 1940s

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1946 patent drawing filed by Frederick J. Pearsall

1946 patent drawing filed by Frederick J. Pearsall

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