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Signed Ballou Reg’d vintage costume jewelry

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Signed Ballou Reg'd vintage costume jewelry

Space Shuttle patriotic lapel pin. 1980s. Inspired by The Space Shuttle orbital spacecraft system operated from 1981 to 2011 by the NASA. Sterling silver. Signed Ballou Reg’d vintage costume jewelry

Signed Ballou Reg’d vintage costume jewelry

The history of the Ballou Reg’d jewelry brand is closely connected with one of the oldest American jewelry companies BA Ballou & Co., founded in 1876. Located in the jewelry capital of the United States, East Providence, Rhode Island it was the family-owned company. Run by six generations of designers, it started with its founder Barton Allan Ballou (1835-1922). However, the company became famous not for costume jewelry, but for the release of army badges, clutches, and lapel pins for politicians and US patriots. Thus, during the Second World War, they produced 300 million badges for the U.S. Armed Forces, for which they received the “Army-Navy Efficiency Award”.
During his lifetime, in 1910, Barton made his son Frederick Allen Ballou (1869-1947) president of the company. Then, after the death of Frederick, his son Frederick Allen Ballou, Jr. headed the company.
After the end of the war, when the demand for militaristic symbols fell, the company began to produce costume jewelry, creating “Ballou Reg’d” brand. Jewelry with this label was produced until 2000. Noteworthy, the famous family brand ceased to exist in the early 2000s, becoming the property of another company, The W.R. Cobb Company in 2009.

2000 Angel pin of gold tone

2000 Angel pin of gold tone

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Signed Ballou Reg’d vintage costume jewelry

Angel wreath dangle stars vintage lapel pin of gold tone

Angel wreath dangle stars vintage lapel pin of gold tone

Baby Horse vintage brooch. Metal alloy, gold plated, rhinestones. 1980s

Baby Horse vintage brooch. Metal alloy, gold plated, rhinestones. 1980s

Basket of flowers pin. Gold tone metal, enamel

Basket of flowers pin. Gold tone metal, enamel

Bauble Door Chime Bell. Gold tone metal alloy, faux black pearl

Bauble Door Chime Bell. Gold tone metal alloy, faux black pearl

Black flower brooch. Silver tone metal, enamel, crystal

Black flower brooch. Silver tone metal, enamel, crystal

Butterfly lapel pin. Gold tone textured metal

Butterfly lapel pin. Gold tone textured metal

Cherry lapel pin. Green, red enamel, gold tone metal alloy

Cherry lapel pin. Green, red enamel, gold tone metal alloy

Christmas Bells lapel pin. Gold tone textured metal

Christmas Bells lapel pin. Gold tone textured metal

Clover lapel pin of gold tone, rhinestone

Clover lapel pin of gold tone, rhinestone

Cowboy boot pin of silver tone

Cowboy boot pin of silver tone

Crown pin. Gold tone, pave rhinestones

Crown pin. Gold tone, pave rhinestones

Dome shaped brooch. Gold tone, rhinestones. 6.2 cm, 1990s

Dome shaped brooch. Gold tone, rhinestones. 6.2 cm, 1990s

Empire State Building gold tone pin

Empire State Building gold tone pin

Flying bird pin. Gold tone metal alloy, enamel, rhinestones

Flying bird pin. Gold tone metal alloy, enamel, rhinestones

Frog pin. Gold and silver tone metal alloy, rhinestone

Frog pin. Gold and silver tone metal alloy, rhinestone

Gold plated rose lapel pin

Gold plated rose lapel pin

Guardian angel gold tone pin

Guardian angel gold tone pin

Heart pin. Gold tone alloy, art glass

Heart pin. Gold tone alloy, art glass

Horse brooch. Metal alloy, gold plated, rhinestones. 1980s

Horse brooch. Metal alloy, gold plated, rhinestones. 1980s

Hummingbird gold tone lapel pin

Hummingbird gold tone lapel pin

Kangaroo lapel pin. Gold plated metal alloy

Kangaroo lapel pin. Gold plated metal alloy

Ladybug pin. Gold tone metal, art glass

Ladybug pin. Gold tone metal, art glass

Mailbox heart and bow silver tone pin brooch

Mailbox heart and bow silver tone pin brooch

Mouse brooch. Gold tone, rhinestones

Mouse brooch. Gold tone, rhinestones

Mouse brooch. Gold tone, rhinestones

Mouse brooch. Gold tone, rhinestones

Owl pewter pin

Owl pewter pin

Prayer Clutch Pin of gold tone

Prayer Clutch Pin of gold tone

Rabbit lapel pin. Pave rhinestone, silver tone

Rabbit lapel pin. Pave rhinestone, silver tone

Toy bear with hearts in a basket lapel pin. Gold tone metal, enamel

Toy bear with hearts in a basket lapel pin. Gold tone metal, enamel

Union Ave street sign lapel pin

Union Ave street sign lapel pin

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