Signed Calvaire vintage costume jewelry
Happy Sailor playing the accordion – an interesting figural vintage brooch of the Second World War period, reflecting the spirit of alliance and carrying historical information. This brooch, like all costume decorations marked Calvaire, belongs to the American jewelry company Calvaire Inc. NY. founded in the early 1920s. Noteworthy, its founders, Stella Aronson (1885 – 1968) and Rachel Calish (c. 1884 – 1951) practically did not produce costume jewelry themselves. Instead, they traveled to Europe. In particular, to France, where they bought the best examples of costume jewelry of the time, putting their hallmark on them.
During WWII, when the war raged in Europe, they continued to buy jewelry in the United States. There are several types of hallmarks of this company – “Calvaire” in script, or “Sterling Calvaire”, or “Le Petit Paris, Calvaire, Paris – New York”.
The company’s decline began in the 1950s when Rachel C. Calish, co-founder and bookkeeper of the company died on 9 September 1951 in New York. After working for another two or three years, the company ceased to exist. Today, all products of this brand are rare and collectible, the price of which increases every year.
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