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Am Lee vintage costume jewelry

Am Lee vintage costume jewelry

1960s sterling silver filigree flower pin. Am Lee vintage costume jewelry

Am Lee vintage costume jewelry
The history of the Am Lee costume jewelry brand covers a rather short period, less than two decades. However, the design of Am Lee brooches, necklaces and earrings is easily recognizable. This is a delicate filigree work of sterling silver, glass stones, Austrian crystals, and high quality rhinestones. Noteworthy, the filigree designs by Am Lee entered the “Catalog of Copyright Entries” (1954).
Located at 80 Clifford Street, Providence, Rhode Island, the company produced costume jewelry, often gold and rhodium-plated. Founded in 1946, Am Lee Jewelry Company Inc. ceased to exist in 1962.
According to ads, AM Lee sold its jewelry through wholesalers only, and the representatives were in the US and Canada. In particular, Jerry Morvillo (Providence, R.I.), Howard D. Seebeck and Harry Mitchell (Chicago, Illinois), and J. H. L’Heureux (Montreal, Canada).
The markings on the back of each item include “Am Lee”, and the purity of the metal, such as 1/20 G.F., or Sterling.
Rare and quality handcrafted pieces from this brand are highly coveted by lovers and collectors of vintage and antique jewelry.
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Celine Paris vintage costume jewelry

Celine Paris vintage costume jewelry

Elephant gold tone dangle earrings. 1980s. Celine Paris vintage costume jewelry

Celine Paris vintage costume jewelry (1973-1997)

Costume jewellery trademark “Céline Paris” belongs to the French ready-to-wear brand Céline, founded in 1945. It was originally the family business of Celine Vipiana (1915–1997) and her husband Richard, who opened their children’s shoe boutique at 52 rue Malta in Paris. The brand’s first logo was the red elephant (designed by Raymond Payne), which would later appear in Celine brooches, charms, earrings and bracelets.
Successfully developing and expanding its business, the company established itself in 1960 as a fashion brand of ready-to-wear and leather goods. In the 1970s, the company opened its fashion boutiques, perfumes and accessories throughout France and abroad, gaining worldwide fame.
Traditionally, the emergence of new fragrances was accompanied by the release of advertising jewelry, in particular, perfume lockets, charms and pendants. Noteworthy, the production of jewelry coincided with the appearance of the new company logo in 1973. The new symbols, the intertwined “C” Sulky canvas, linked to the Arc-de-Triomphe, are often found in Celine’s jewelry. Very often, Celine’s jewelry designs include symbols of Paris and France. In particular, the Eiffel Tower, French flag, horse-drawn carriage, etc.
It is important to note that Celine Vipiana ran the company and was its designer until her death in 1997. Vintage jewelry created during this period is highly collectible.
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Celine T Saxe vintage costume jewelry

Celine T Saxe vintage costume jewelry

Venetian mask brooch. Gold plated metal alloy. 1970s. Celine T Saxe vintage costume jewelry

Celine T Saxe vintage costume jewelry
Unique in design, costume jewelry from the French brand Céline T Saxe is extremely rare and highly collectible. Its history began in 1976 in Bouguenais, a small town in western France that is part of historic Brittany. The brand’ creator was Madame Joelle Thieriot, who founded the eponymous company on production of bijoux in January 1976.
Located at the address 48 Rue Jules Valles 44340 Bouguenais, the company produced high quality artisan and runway jewelry. The small team of jewelers handcrafted exquisite pieces using metal alloys, gold, enamel, crystals and art glass. The markings on the back side included the word Celine T. Saxe. Paris on oval cartouche, without copyright mark.
Incorporated in 1976, the company ceased to exist in December 2003.
Noteworthy, there is a similar jewelry brand, Celine Paris, which produced haute couture bijoux in the 1980s. However, this is a completely different company representing the fashionable Parisian brand Celine, and the labeling of their products is different. The marking, in particular, includes words Celine Paris and very often “Made in Italy”.
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William Scully vintage badges

William Scully vintage badges

Maple leaf design Postal Service Cap Badge Insignia. William Scully vintage badges

William Scully vintage badges
The history of the Canadian uniform manufacturer William Scully began 145 years ago. The Canadian representative of the London-based company “Welsh Margetson and Sons”, William Scully founded his company William Scully Holdings Limited in Montreal in 1877. Noteworthy, it was the first and only company in Canada to produce caps, helmets, buttons, metal badges and equipment for the militia, the Royal Canadian Navy, the police and other forces.
William Scully died in 1921 and his son Colonel William Gladstone Scully became the company’s president. Since 2001, the family business has been run by William B. Scully, a member of the fifth generation. The company continues producing insignia, buttons, cords, sticks, buckles, regimental badges and pins.
Traditionally, in the manufacture of badges, craftsmen use the classic production technology – stamping, both manually and mechanically. Next stage includes electroplating, where the metal is given the desired color – gold, silver, blue or black. The next stage, carried out manually, is the coating of future badges with cold offset enamels. Thus, the materials and technology for making badges are very similar to making costume jewelry.
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Poggi Paris vintage costume jewelry

Poggi Paris vintage costume jewelry

Yellow gold star design rhinestone clip on earrings. 1980s. Poggi Paris vintage costume jewelry

Poggi Paris vintage costume jewelry
The history of the French brand Poggi for the production of fashionable jewelry began forty-five years ago in Paris. The brand belongs to the Poggi corporation, founded by the young Parisian fashion designer Patrick Battaglia in January 1977. Born in 1951, Patrick still leads the company, being its president. Located at the address 63 Rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris, beautiful Poggi boutique offers affordable and trendy jewelry.
High quality bijoux labeled Poggi is a stylish runway costume jewellery made from alloys of gold and silver tones. Also, art glass of different shades imitating precious stones and rhinestones. Noteworthy, all of this brand’s jewelry is handcrafted in the heart of the Le Marais area in Paris. Accordingly, the labeling contains two words Poggi and Paris.
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Signed Nuri vintage costume jewelry

Signed Nuri vintage costume jewelry

Pink abalone pewter floral design geometric brooch pin. 1980s. Signed Nuri vintage costume jewelry

Signed Nuri vintage costume jewelry
The history of the American jewelry brand Nuri spans a fairly short period, just over two decades. Founded in 1978 in the coastal city of Bellingham, Washington State, Nuri Fashion Designs Ltd. owned two jewelry brands, “Nuri” and “Watercolors”, registered in 1984 and 1992, respectively. The Watercolors was active for five years, and Nuri brand ceased to exist in 2006.
Despite the short period of time, Nuri craftsmen have created fabulous collection of jewelry pieces distinguished by their unique geometric design. These are brooches and earrings handcrafted in Neo Deco style, with the use of multicolor abalone. Also, the designers used pewter, sterling silver, and rhinestones.
Noteworthy, the jewelry components were made in Taiwan and hand-assembled in the USA. The marking on the back of each piece includes the word “Nuri” in fancy script and a copyright sign.
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William Kerr antique silver jewelry

William Kerr antique silver jewelry

Nymph Art Nouveau sterling silver brooch. Early 1900s. William Kerr antique silver jewelry

William Kerr antique silver jewelry
The history of William B. Kerr Co, one of the oldest American silver manufacturers, began 166 years ago in Newark, New Jersey. Founded in 1855, the company, along with flatware and hollow-ware produced silver and gold jewelry and accessories. Most often, these were buckles, brooches, pins and pendants with images of angels, flowers and Art Nouveau women. Antique silver items of this brand are kept in museums in the USA as an example of Art Nouveau jewelry art.
From about 1855 to 1892, markings included their trademark medieval ax logo, later a hammer and three X’s, followed by the words sterling and the mold number. Noteworthy, the company ceased to exist in 1927, absorbed by the largest silver brand Gorham Manufacturing Company. Gorham owned the company for 40 years and then sold it to the Textron Corporation.
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