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Uncas vintage costume jewelry

Uncas vintage costume jewelry

Hound brooch. 1945. Designer Nicholas Barbieri. Sterling silver, enamel. Uncas vintage costume jewelry

Uncas vintage costume jewelry
Founded in 1913 by Italian born Vincent Sorrentino (1892-1976), The Uncas Manufacturing Co. has become the legend in the world of costume jewelry. Located in Providence, Rhode Island, the company became known as “America’s Largest ring house”. According to advertising by the company itself (“Jewelers Circular Keystone”, September, 1948) it produced costume jewellery, novelties, and plastics. As for Uncas Manufacturing Co., Vincent Sorrentino first registered the Sorrento company in 1911 in Providence, Rhode Island. Of course, the earliest Sorrento jewelry is difficult to find now and they are a collectible rarity. However, in the early 1920s, Sorrentino renamed his company into Uncas Manufacturing Co. Noteworthy, the Sorrentino family still continues the jewelry business.
Nicholas Barbieri was a designer of novelties for Uncas from 1937 to 1948. Traditionally, the designers used sterling silver, sometimes 12 K gold, marcasite, multicolor enamel, rhinestones. Also, they signed their decorations with Uncas arrow U, and sterling.
As for the markings, first it was the trademark was “U-arrow” with the logo made up of a U with an arrow going through it. The letters DCE appeared later, in 1950, when Curtis creation jewelry manufacturing co began working for Uncas.

Peacock brooch. 1942. Designer Nicholas Barbieri. Sterling silver, red, blue and green stones, 9 cm

Peacock brooch. 1942. Designer Nicholas Barbieri. Sterling silver, red, blue and green stones, 9 cm

Palm and birds brooch. Sterling silver, green, yellow and brown enamel, rhinestones depicting two birds at the foot of two palm trees. 4,5 cm. Marked. 1938

Palm and birds brooch. Sterling silver, green, yellow and brown enamel, rhinestones depicting two birds at the foot of two palm trees. 4,5 cm. Marked. 1938

Uncas vintage costume jewelry

Cabriolet brooch. 1942

Cabriolet brooch. 1942

Basket of flowers brooch. Sterling silver marcasite

Basket of flowers brooch. Sterling silver marcasite

Butterfly ring. Sterling silver, yellow enamel

Butterfly ring. Sterling silver, yellow enamel

Cocktail ring. Gold tone metal, yellow cubic zirconia

Cocktail ring. Gold tone metal, yellow cubic zirconia

Floral design sterling silver ring with handpainted enamel flower

Floral design sterling silver ring with handpainted enamel flower

Flower wreath sterling silver brooch pin

Flower wreath sterling silver brooch pin

Girl in a hat enameled brooch pin. 1949

Girl in a hat enameled brooch pin. 1949

Gold tone metal ring with pink color cubic zirconia

Gold tone metal ring with pink color cubic zirconia

Horse heads brooch of sterling silver

Horse heads brooch of sterling silver

Main in a hat sterling stick pin

Main in a hat sterling stick pin

Marcasite sterling silver ring

Marcasite sterling silver ring

Mermaid sterling silver brooch

Mermaid sterling silver brooch

Star rectangular shaped brooch. Sterling, blue and red enamel

Star rectangular shaped brooch. Sterling, blue and red enamel

Two palm trees brooch pin. Sterling silver, marcasite

Two palm trees brooch pin. Sterling silver, marcasite

Wreath Heart Brooch Pin. 12 K gold, rhinestones

Wreath Heart Brooch Pin. 12 K gold, rhinestones

signature of 1949

signature of 1949