Urie and Robert Mandle vintage costume jewelry
Mandle vintage costume jewelry
Mandle brand jewelry, produced in limited editions and executed with the highest level of craftsmanship, is undoubtedly a valuable acquisition for vintage jewelry collectors.
According to sources, the founder of the jewelers’ dynasty, Urie Mandle emigrated to America from Germany in the early 1920s. First, he began working as a salesman for the E. Cohn & Company, later renamed Cohn and Rosenberger, and then Coro. In the mid 1930s Urie Mandle joined Lisner, which at the time produced watches, gifts, hat pins, beads, etc. The task of Urie was to launch a line of jewelry in collaboration with local manufacturers. Prior to this, most Lisner jewelry was produced by European partners, in particular, Whiting and Davis made bracelets for Lisner.
Noteworthy, Urie Mandle left Lisner and founded his own company – Urie Mandle Corporation (1938), which began to specialize in the manufacture of costume jewelry. Meanwhile, for four years, the company has achieved unprecedented success, collaborated with the largest stores and became one of the most famous in its industry, after Coro. Robert N. Mandle, the son of Urie, also joined the family business, leaving a higher paying job of the film director.
During the Second World War, in the conditions of a shortage of materials, the company suspended its activities. Besides, Robert Mandle joined the armed forces in 1942. When he returned, he joined the company of the father – “URO Creations”. Meanwhile, the meeting with Alfoe Verrechia, brother of Gene Verrechia, Coro’s leading designer, became fateful. He designed a mandolin brooch for Robert, which later marked the beginning of a whole line of brooches – musical instruments.
Next, after several years of work for the chain store Rainbow, which also gave him tremendous experience, Robert Mandle registered his own company “R. Mandle” (1956). In 1960-70s he he registered patents on his designs – banjo, dolphin, fish, rooster, horn and other pins. Noteworthy, in 1966, Robert won the prestigious of that time Swarovski Design Award. Actively participating in European exhibitions, the company R. Mandle sold more than 65% of its products outside the United States.
Robert worked for the company until his retirement in 1990. He sold out his invaluable jewelry molds, which later appeared as brooches and pins signed by other manufacturers.