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Unger Brothers sterling silver jewelry

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Unger Brothers sterling silver jewelry

Bat in Flight with the Man in the moon sterling silver brooch. 1900. Unger Brothers sterling silver jewelry

Unger Brothers sterling silver jewelry (1881-1911)
The history of the Unger Brothers firm located in Newark, New Jersey began in 1870 and lasted four decades. However, the brothers initially worked separately as engravers in Unger & Keen Jewelers (1871 – 1874) and gold jewelry firm H. Unger & Co. (1878-1880). Noteworthy, in 1879, three of the five brothers (William, George and Frederick) died, leaving the family business to Herman and Eugene.

In fact, the firm of Unger Brothers (Eugene and Herman) appeared only in 1881, listed in “Manufacturing Jewelers” catalog. The president of the company became Herman Unger, Edward P. Beach was vice-president and treasurer, while Eugene Unger was a member of the firm. “Unger Brothers, Jewelers, Manufacturing Silversmiths and Glass Cutters” had a showroom in New York (closed in 1897).

According to their advertisements in the 1900s Jewelers’ Circulars, “We make everything in Sterling Silver”. Indeed, they made everything – bowls, pitchers, perfume bottles, powder boxes, vases, spoon handles, mirrors, brushes, belt buckles, and jewelry. The company also did their own glass cutting. The patterns on their Art Nouveau designs included women’s heads, birds, and various flowers – wild rose, poppy, daffodil, hibiscus, daisies, water lilies, and sweet peas.
The maker’s mark was the stylized “UB” monogram with sterling 925 added around a circle rim.


A boy kissing a girl sterling silver brooch pin

A boy kissing a girl sterling silver brooch pin

Antique UB sterling silver pins

Antique UB sterling silver pins

Unger Bros in 1893 jewelry circular

Unger Bros in 1893 jewelry circular

Maker's mark

Maker’s mark

Unger Brothers sterling silver jewelry

Antique Art Nouveau Lady sterling silver pin brooch. 1900s

Antique Art Nouveau Lady sterling silver pin brooch. 1900s

Art Nouveau Lady sterling silver pin

Nouveau Lady sterling silver pin

Daisy flower sterling silver pin

Daisy flower sterling silver pin

Double rose sterling silver brooch pin

Double rose sterling silver brooch pin

Early 1900s Art Nouveau Lady sterling silver pin brooch

Early 1900s Art Nouveau Lady sterling silver pin brooch

Flower Art Nouveau Lady sterling silver pin brooch. 1900s

Flower Art Nouveau Lady sterling silver pin brooch. 1900s

Four ladies facial profiles Art Nouveau sterling silver brooch

Four ladies facial profiles Art Nouveau sterling silver brooch

Goddess Diane Sterling Silver Art Nouveau brooch pin

Goddess Diane Sterling Silver Art Nouveau brooch pin

Golfer sterling silver paper clip

Golfer sterling silver paper clip

Indian Chief Sterling Silver brooch pin

Indian Chief Sterling Silver brooch pin

Lady in hat sterling silver brooch

Lady in hat sterling silver brooch

Rose sterling silver brooch pin

Rose sterling silver brooch pin

Copyright 1904

Copyright 1904

Maker's mark

Maker’s mark

1890s ad

1890s ad

1893 ad

1893 ad