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Silverman Bros vintage costume jewelry

Silverman Bros vintage costume jewelry

Flower brooch. 925 sterling silver, gold plated. 8 cm, 1940s. Silverman Bros vintage costume jewelry

Silverman Bros vintage costume jewelry
The history of the Silverman Bros company began dates back to 1897. An immigrant from Russia, Archibald Silverman came to the United States with his family at the age of ten. After leaving school, he took a job in one of the Providence RI jewelry workshops. At the age of 18 with five dollars in his pocket, he started his own business having bought gold wire to make a brooch. In fact, it didn’t take long for a talented designer to become one of the leaders in jewelry making.
When Pope Leo XIII died in 1903, Silverman made several black-bordered pontiff brooches and sold them personally on the streets of Boston. Then, inspired by the then popular piece of music “Wings of the Merry Widow”, he made a series of jewelry decorations. Also, he became the first to make veil brooches when women started driving the first cars.
Archibald founded manufacturing firm later known as Silverman Brothers in a small space rented from a jewelry factory on Eddie Street Providence.
Charles, Archibald’s brother, who was a foreman at another plant, joined the business after about three months. Archibald was a traveling salesman, and Charles was in charge of production. The sales ability of one brother and the creativity of the other made a very successful combination that survived three wars and several depressions. The firm was a partnership until 1946 and then developed into a corporation.
Traditionally, the designers signed their jewelry pieces on the reverse with a circled SB & Sterling.
The company existed for almost 50 years, from 1897 to 1956.

Crown heraldy design sterling silver vintage brooch

Crown heraldry design sterling silver vintage brooch

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Silverman Bros vintage costume jewelry

Antique 1940s Water Lily brooch

Antique 1940s Water Lily brooch

Baby duck in a hat and bow sterling silver brooch

Baby duck in a hat and bow sterling silver brooch

Bow sterling silver brooch

Bow sterling silver brooch

Cable car with a conductor sterling silver brooch

Cable car with a conductor sterling silver brooch

Deer sterling Silver gold plated brooch

Deer sterling Silver gold plated brooch

Donkey silver brooch. 1940s

Donkey silver brooch. 1940s

Duckling brooch. Sterling silver, gold wash

Duckling brooch. Sterling silver, gold wash

Floral design pin

Floral design pin

Lily flower sterling silver brooch

Lily flower sterling silver brooch

Pony sterling silver brooch

Pony sterling silver brooch

Snake with apple dangling brooch. Textured sterling silver

Snake with apple dangling brooch. Textured sterling silver

Sterling silver flower brooch

Sterling silver flower brooch

Three hoese head sterling silver pin. 1930s

Three hoese head sterling silver pin. 1930s

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