Flower bouquet brooch pin. 14 K gold filled sterling silver, faux pearls. 3,5 cm. 1960s. Signed Wells vintage costume jewelry
Wells vintage costume jewelry
The history of Wells, Inc., a jewelry company based in Attleboro, Massachusetts, began in 1922, founded by Raymond L. Wells (1904-1977). Initially, the company’s craftsmen made products from sterling silver, as well as gold, natural stones, and enamel. Traditionally, markings, usually on an oval cartouche, include “Wells Ster”, as well as 12K if the item contains gold.
Meanwhile, their “Seventy Two” series of silver bracelet charms has become best known. Made in the 1950s and 60s, such series as ‘Back to School’, retro cars, telephones, lighthouses, pianos, books and various objects are now highly collectible.
Noteworthy, Wells founded Raimond Silver Mfg Co in 1961 and registered several brands to manufacture and import silver goods, from kitchen utensils to jewelry. Six years later, he also acquired the oldest Massachusetts silverware company R. Blackinton & Company (founded by Walter Ballou and Roswell Blackinton in 1862). Wells’s business expanded, designs and products became more diversified, however, jewelry production ceased after Raymond’s death in 1977.
A duckling holding a flower vintage brooch. Sterling silver, 12K gold plated, cultured pearl, turquoise bead eye
Signed Wells vintage costume jewelry
Strawberry brooch and clip earrings. 14 K gold plated. 1960s.
Art Deco brooch pin. Sterling silver, tiger’s eye cabochon
Bird chick sterling silver pearl brooch pin
Curved leaf design brooch. Textured sterling silver. 6 cm. 1970s
Etched leaf textured sterling silver pin
Exotic flower brooch pin. 12 K gold filled, faux pearl
Floral design brooch pin. 925 sterling silver, 14 K gold filled, tiger’s eye cabochon
Flower 14 K gold filled brooch
Gold vermeil tiger’s eye bracelet. 1940s
Grape leaf brooch pin. Sterling silver, 14k gold filled, cultured pearl
Leaf steam vintage brooch. 925 Sterling silver, 12K gold plated, tiger’s eye gem
Maple leaf sterling silver brooch
Nuts and leaves in circle vintage brooch. 14 K gold plated metal alloy, art glass. 2.7 cm. 1970s
Oak leaf sterling silver brooch. 6.5 cm. 1950s
Pearl and leaf design brooch pin. Sterling silver, gold plated
Retro car with movable wheels. Sterling silver, rhodium plated
Shamrock clover sterling silver guilloche enamel brooch pin
Swirl design sterling silver brooch
Treble Clef and music notes rectangular shaped brooch pin. Sterling silver
Tree branch sterling silver gemstone brooch pin
USA Map patriotic charm. Gold tone metal alloy, enamel. 1970s
Wheat design brooch pin. 925 sterling silver, tiger’s eye cabochon
White flower brooch. 14 K Gold filled metal alloy, carved bone. 3 cm. 1970s
Wreath leaf design 12 K gold filled brooch pin
Wren bird hearts body brooch pin. Sterling Silver, 12K gold, turquoise eye
Christmas Jewelry ads by Wells. 1964