Signed Barker vintage pewter jewelry
Signed Barker vintage pewter jewelry (1995-1999)
The history of Barker pewter jewelry began in 1995 and lasted for a rather short period until 1999. It was a family business founded by M. Barker in New Hampshire. The design of artisan handmade jewelry ranged from garden themes and holiday decorations to fruit and animal motifs. In addition to genuine pewter, M. Barker sometimes used glass beads and faux pearls.
The maker’s mark includes 2 stamps – (c) the year of manufacture (1996, 1997 or 1998) and “Barker” on a rectangular cartouche and “Genuine Pewter USA” on an oval cartouche. In addition, each earring, tie tack or lapel pin was sold on an original card signed M. Barker, NH, USA. Noteworthy, Barker also paid attention to the symbolism and meaning of jewelry design. For example, “Pewterberries” ™ collection included a fabulous story, printed on the back of the cards, which made Barker jewelry a wonderful gift or a talisman.