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Signed BB vintage costume jewelry

Signed BB vintage costume jewelry

Pink flower brooch. Sterling silver, gold plated, art glass, rhinestones. 8.4 cm. 1930s. Bennett & Bradford. Signed BB vintage costume jewelry

Signed BB vintage costume jewelry
Very often you can get confused in the markings of vintage costume jewelry, especially if they are almost the same and consist of two letters, for example, the initials BB. In fact, these pieces belong to completely different jewelry companies. Among several such brands, the most famous are four respected jewelry companies that produced costume jewelry in the 20th and even in the 19th century with the BB mark. In particular, Bioren Bros, Bennett & Bradford, Binder brothers, and Bliss bros. They can be distinguished, first of all, by the style of marking, and perhaps, by the technique and materials.
Noteworthy, the oldest of the three is Bioren Bros, located in Newark NJ, USA, and active in 1887-1929. Their hallmark was “B B” in a rounded rectangle.
Second, Bennett & Bradford, founded by E.A. Bennett in 1892 (renamed to BB in 1898). Traditionally, this company’s products are made of sterling silver with gold plating. The markings include two capital letters BB in an oval frame, and sometimes the word “sterling”.
Third, jewelry company Bliss bros began producing jewelry in 1896 and ceased to exist in the 1950s. Located in Attleboro, MA, they marked their products, mainly lockets, charms, buttons, pins and bracelets with two letters B. However, the style of marking differed greatly. Inside the large capital letter B was a smaller B in the top half, and CO in the bottom half.
Fourth, Binder brothers, New York-based company, which began operating in the 1920s, which gold plated jewelry is highly valuable and highly collectible. They marked their pieces with with double, overlapping circles with upper case B’s inside, and this is what sets it apart from the others. In addition, their markings also include the purity of the material, most often either 12 carat gold filling or sterling silver.

Daisy flower in a circle vintage brooch. Sterling silver

Daisy flower in a circle vintage brooch. Sterling silver. Bennett & Bradford

Signed BB vintage costume jewelry

Bioren Bros:

Signature

Signature

12 K gold filled bow brooch

12 K gold filled bow brooch

Floral stem rhinestone gold tone brooch

Floral stem rhinestone gold tone brooch

Signature

Signature

Bennett & Bradford:

Daisy flower in a circle vintage brooch. Sterling silver. BB in rectangular

BB in rectangular

Flower sterling silver vintage brooch

Flower sterling silver vintage brooch

Moonstone crown. Sterling silver, plastic, rhinestones. 5.5 cm. 1940s

Moonstone crown. Sterling silver, plastic, rhinestones. 5.5 cm. 1940s

Signed sterling BB in rectangular

Signed sterling BB in rectangular

Bliss bros:

Signature B inside bigger B

Signature

Bell flowers brooch. 12 K gold filled

Bell flowers brooch. 12 K gold filled

Crystal flower gold tone clip on earrings

Crystal flower gold tone clip on earrings

Flower bouquet brooch. Gold plated metal alloy, rhinestones. 1940s

Flower bouquet brooch. Gold plated metal alloy, rhinestones. 1940s

Leaf branch brooch pin. 12 K gold filled, faux pearls, jade

Leaf branch brooch pin. 12 K gold filled, faux pearls, jade

Signature B inside bigger B

Signature B inside bigger B

Binder brothers:

Signature

Signature

Green stone faux pearls 12 K gold filled oval shaped brooch pendant

Green stone faux pearls 12 K gold filled oval shaped brooch pendant

Lucky four leaf clover 12 K gold filled pearl brooch

Lucky four leaf clover 12 K gold filled pearl brooch

Three maple leaves 12 K gold filled jade brooch

Three maple leaves 12 K gold filled jade brooch

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Signature