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Signed Fort vintage costume jewelry

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Signed Fort vintage costume jewelry

Pewter brooches. Christmas Classics collection (1987-2008). Signed Fort vintage costume jewelry

Signed Fort vintage costume jewelry (1945-2005)

Fort Jewelry Company, Inc., located in Providence, Rhode Island, began in 1945 as a family business founded by Samuel and Lena Forte. The company was a well-known distributor of costume and men’s jewelry, as well as a manufacturer of collectible souvenirs and gift products. The successful family business expanded production and had subsidiaries in Cranston, Rhode Island, Florida (1981-1999), and California (1982–1995).

Over more than 60 years of its activity, the company has undergone a change in ownership, management, and an expansion of collections of costume jewelry and souvenirs under various trademarks. Some of the most notable ones include Bravi (1978-1984), Pedigree Hall Of Fame (1987-2008), ‘When something’s Worth Remembering’ (1993-2003), Heaven’s Voice (1993-2004), The Golfer’s Reward (1988-2009), Christmas Classics (1987-2008), and ten more.

Fort’s jewelers used only the finest pewter metal, hand casting and hand polishing each piece individually to achieve the rich luster of the fine pewter. Skilled artisans also used sterling silver and gold plating. Markings on the back of the pieces include the word Fort, sometimes “USA” (on a round cartouche), and a graphic image of a fortress tower.

Christmas Classics collection (1987-2008) pewter pins

Christmas Classics collection (1987-2008) pewter pins

Maker's mark

Maker’s mark

Three of 16 trademarks founded by Fort

Three of 16 trademarks founded by Fort

Signed Fort vintage costume jewelry (1945-2005)

Christmas wreath pewter enameled brooch

Christmas wreath pewter enameled brooch

Clown face pewter charm

Clown face pewter charm

Eagle on branch silver tone brooch pin

Eagle on branch silver tone brooch pin

'Heaven's Voice' collection (1993-2004). Angel pewter brooch pin

‘Heaven’s Voice’ collection (1993-2004). Angel pewter brooch pin

Music treble clef pewter lapel pin

Music treble clef pewter lapel pin

Penguin With Baby Figural Brooch Pin

Penguin With Baby Figural Brooch Pin

Running horses silver tone pin

Running horses silver tone pin

Sailboat pewter brooch pin

Sailboat pewter brooch pin

St. Louis souvenir charm of silver tone. 1970s

St. Louis souvenir charm of silver tone. 1970s

The Golfer's Reward collection (1988-2009). Lady golfer, bag, gold tone brooches and man golfer cufflinks. 1980s

The Golfer’s Reward collection (1988-2009). Lady golfer, bag, gold tone brooches and man golfer cufflinks. 1980s

United States Capitol sterling silver charm

United States Capitol sterling silver charm

'When something's Worth Remembering' collection (1993-2003). Well silver tone charm

‘When something’s Worth Remembering’ collection (1993-2003). Well silver tone charm

Alternative mark Fort USA

Alternative mark Fort USA

Maker's mark

Maker’s mark

Trademark since 1945

Trademark since 1945