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Rice Weiner vintage costume jewelry

Rice Weiner vintage costume jewelry

Jungle head brooch. Gold plated metal, plastic imitating ivory elephant task, turquoises and ruby cabochons. 10 cm. 1942. Marked Alexander Korda. Rice Weiner vintage costume jewelry

Rice Weiner vintage costume jewelry
The company that has made a very big contribution to the culture of vintage jewelry and has created wonderful collections, in fact, remained “nameless”. This was due to two factors. First, their own jewelry lines were marked only with the name of the collection. Second, custom-made collections were marked with the name of the customer.
The entire life path of Providence Rhode Island based company Rice-Weiner, which began in 1938 and ended in 1946, can be roughly divided into three milestones. Creation of own collections, collaboration with Alexander Korda and production of jewelry for McClelland Barclay.

In 1938, Louis E. Hirsch, general manager of Rice-Weiner & Co, filed the company’s first patent. In particular, the Eagle with Arrows Brooch, designed by Louis C Mark.
Between 1940 and 1941, the company created two wonderful collections “Etrusceana” and “Indo – Craft”. Jewelry pieces from these collections, which have survived to this day, amaze with their beauty, graceful lines and some kind of dream of distant countries. These collections were also patented by the designer Louis C Mark. According to the Brunialti catalog, the company also had collections in oriental and Asian motives.

Eagle brooch. Patented in 1940

Eagle brooch. Patented in 1940

Noteworthy, cooperation with the producer of the Oscar-winning films “The Thief of Baghdad” and “The Jungle Book” Alexander Korda brought real fame to the company Rice – Weiner. Commissioned by Korda, in 1940 and 1942, the company released jewelry collections, including brooches, necklaces and bracelets, in Arabic motifs. The Baghdad Thief collection was labeled Thief of Bagdad Korda, numbers and imitation letters, and the Jungle Book jewelry collection was labeled Alexander Korda. At the same time, the jewelry also bears a special copyright mark, which means that the company has exclusive rights to make jewelry based on the plots of these films.
The jewelry of these collections was made of jewelry alloy, with gilding and silvering, there were also jewelry with rhinestones and enamel. The quality of these decorations was so high that many of them that have survived to this day look simply amazing.

1941 Thief of Baghdad brooch of silver tone. 5 cm

1941 Thief of Baghdad brooch of silver tone. 5 cm

From 1938 to 1943, Rice-Weiner collaborated and created jewelry with designer McClelland Barclay. During this period, wonderful collections of geometric jewelry were created, as well as the famous leaves and wonderful silver brooches and bracelets. Unfortunately, the collaboration was interrupted by the sudden death of McClelland in 1943. The jewelry has marking McClelland Barclay.

1940’s Etrusceana Ornate Rhodium Crescent Moon Statement Brooch Thief Of Baghdad

1940’s Etrusceana Ornate Rhodium Crescent Moon Statement Brooch Thief Of Baghdad

In the mid-1940s, Alvin and Robert Rice, together with designer Louis Mark, create Barclay Jewelry Inc. The company continues to move on, attracting new designers, including Natasha Brooks. They created collections under the Jeray and American Beauty Pearls brands.

Etrusceana signature

Etrusceana signature

In the late 1940s, they made attempts to create collections of movie jewelry, but this was not successful. Collections created for designer Bel Geddes and writer Betty Betz, also didn’t have success. Undoubtedly, the golden age of Rice – Weiner came in the early 1940s, and they could no longer repeat it. In 1946, the history of Rice – Weiner ended.

Indo Craft signed

Indo Craft signed

Rice Weiner vintage costume jewelry

Bar brooch of gold tone, filigree floral design. 1940s Etrusceana signed

Bar brooch of gold tone, filigree floral design. 1940s Etrusceana signed

Bronze tone floral design rhodium plated brooch

Bronze tone floral design rhodium plated brooch

Carpet - plane brooch from the collection 'Baghdad thief'

Carpet – plane brooch from the collection ‘Baghdad thief’

Chinese Water Carrier chatelaine. Designed by Louis C. Mark. Gold plated. 1940s

Chinese Water Carrier chatelaine. Designed by Louis C. Mark. Gold plated. 1940s

Circular Art Deco Pin Brooch

Circular Art Deco Pin Brooch

Elephant brooch from the collection 'Baghdad thief'

Elephant brooch from the collection ‘Baghdad thief’

Etrusceana Thief of Bagdad Ornate Buckle Hinged Clamper Bracelet

Etrusceana Thief of Bagdad Ornate Buckle Hinged Clamper Bracelet

Fabulous filigree brooch and clip of gold tone, Etruscean signed

Fabulous filigree brooch and clip of gold tone, Etruscean signed

Fan clip on earrings of gold tone, rhinestones. Jeray signed

Fan clip on earrings of gold tone, rhinestones. Jeray signed

Feather with flower patterns volume brooch. Gold Tone. Etrusceana signed. 1940s

Feather with flower patterns volume brooch. Gold Tone. Etrusceana signed. 1940s

Floral design brooch with a star in the center. Gold tone, pave set clear crystal rhinestones. Jeray signed

Floral design brooch with a star in the center. Gold tone, pave set clear crystal rhinestones. Jeray signed

Gold tone sword shaped Elephants brooch from the Jungle Book collection

Gold tone sword shaped Elephants brooch from the Jungle Book collection

Leaf brooch pin of gold tone, 3d floral design. 1946. Etrusceana

Leaf brooch pin of gold tone, 3d floral design. 1946. Etrusceana

Necklace from Etruscan collection

Necklace from Etruscan collection

Sterling silver leaf shoe clips

Sterling silver leaf shoe clips

Sword brooch. Gold tone, faux pearls, rhinestones

Sword brooch. Gold tone, faux pearls, rhinestones

Thief of Baghdad collectible vintage brooch, mentioned in the book 'Collecting Costume Jewelry 202'. Designed by Louis Mark for Alex Korda. 8 cm. 1940s

Thief of Baghdad collectible vintage brooch, mentioned in the book ‘Collecting Costume Jewelry 202’. Designed by Louis Mark for Alex Korda. 8 cm. 1940s

Tiger brooch from 'The Jungle Book', Alexander Korda design. 1942. Gold tone, black enamel. 8 cm

Tiger brooch from ‘The Jungle Book’, Alexander Korda design. 1942. Gold tone, black enamel. 8 cm

Victorian Revival brooch pin. Rhodium and silver plated metal. Signed Etrusceana

Victorian Revival brooch pin. Rhodium and silver plated metal. Signed Etrusceana

Vintage flower design bracelet. 1940s

Vintage flower design bracelet. 1940s

Vintage Thief of Baghdad brooch

Vintage Thief of Baghdad brooch

23 August 1940 advertisement

23 August 1940 advertisement

Labelled Thief of Bagdad Korda

Labelled Thief of Bagdad Korda