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Urie and Robert Mandle vintage costume jewelry

Urie and Robert Mandle vintage costume jewelry

The king and queen paired brooch- chatelain (jeweler Urie Mandle), 1947. Sterling silver, enamel, glass, vintage rhinestones, gold-plated. 4 cm. Urie and Robert Mandle vintage costume jewelry

Mandle vintage costume jewelry

Mandle brand jewelery, produced in limited editions and executed with the highest level of craftsmanship, is undoubtedly a valuable acquisition for vintage jewelery 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 jewelery 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 Mandle, the son of Urie, also joined the family business, leaving a higher paying job of the film director.

Mandle vintage costume jewelry

Guitar brooch from the series of musical instruments, 1950s. Jewelry alloy, mother of pearl. 8 cm. Mandle vintage costume jewelry

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.

Broom and dustpan vintage brooch. Gold tone metal, rhinestones. Broom length - 8 cm, dustpan with a chain - 5 cm

Broom and dustpan vintage brooch. Gold tone metal, rhinestones. Broom length – 8 cm, dustpan with a chain – 5 cm

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). 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 in the company until 1990, after which he retired.

Urie and Robert Mandle vintage costume jewelry

Antique silver brooch by Urie Mandle, 1946. Sterling silver, gilding, art glass, crystals, enamel. 4.5 cm

Antique silver brooch by Urie Mandle, 1946. Sterling silver, gilding, art glass, crystals, enamel. 4.5 cm

Art Deco round brooch. Gold plated, enamel, mother of pearl, signed Mandle

Art Deco round brooch. Gold plated, enamel, mother of pearl, signed Mandle

Butterfly brooch with movable wings. Mother of pearl, jewelry alloy

Butterfly brooch with movable wings. Mother of pearl, jewelry alloy

Charming flower brooch. Mother of pearl, gold plated

Charming flower brooch. Mother of pearl, gold plated

Dog vintage brooch from the series, which is the hallmark of the company and is always recognizable. Jewelery alloy gold tone with a textured surface, inlaid with crystals

Dog vintage brooch from the series, which is the hallmark of the company and is always recognizable. Jewelery alloy gold tone with a textured surface, inlaid with crystals

Elf brooch by Robert Mandle, 1960s. Jewelry alloy gold and silver tones. 4 cm

Elf brooch by Robert Mandle, 1960s. Jewelry alloy gold and silver tones. 4 cm

Fish brooch. 1960s. Enamel, faux baroque pearl belly, signed Mandle

Fish brooch. 1960s. Enamel, faux baroque pearl belly, signed Mandle

Fleur de lis set of pendant and earrings. Jewelry alloy, enamel

Fleur de lis set of pendant and earrings. Jewelry alloy, enamel

Flower brooch. Jewelry alloy, green and blue enamel, rhinestones. Robert Mandle

Flower brooch. Jewelry alloy, green and blue enamel, rhinestones. Robert Mandle

Green jade gold tone flower brooch, signed Mandle

Green jade gold tone flower brooch, signed Mandle

Maltese cross brooch, signed Mandle. Jewelry alloy of gold tone, rhinestones, cabochons

Maltese cross brooch, signed Mandle. Jewelry alloy of gold tone, rhinestones, cabochons

Owl brooch. Rhinestones, jewelry alloy, 1960s, signed Mandle

Owl brooch. Rhinestones, jewelry alloy, 1960s, signed Mandle

Rooster enameled brooch. Signed Mandle. Jewelry alloy

Rooster enameled brooch. Signed Mandle. Jewelry alloy

Russian folk musical instrument - Balalaika, signed R.Mandle. Mother of pearl, clear rhinestones, turquoise stones

Russian folk musical instrument – Balalaika, signed R.Mandle. Mother of pearl, clear rhinestones, turquoise stones

Signed 'Mandle'

Signed ‘Mandle’

Snake brooch by Urie Mandle. Faux pearl, blue and red enamel, gold tone metal

Snake brooch by Urie Mandle. Faux pearl, blue and red enamel, gold tone metal

Square shape brooch. Faux amber, gold tone metal. 1950s

Square shape brooch. Faux amber, gold tone metal. 1950s

Star brooch. Jewelry alloy, glass stones

Star brooch. Jewelry alloy, glass stones

Sunburst vintage brooch. Gold tone metal, onyx glass. R. Mandle

Sunburst vintage brooch. Gold tone metal, onyx glass. R. Mandle

Urie Mandle Chatelain, 1950-60. Metal, inserts with rhinestones, Colored glass. 11 cm

Urie Mandle Chatelain, 1950-60. Metal, inserts with rhinestones, Colored glass. 11 cm

Vintage flower brooch, signed R. Mandle. Glass cabachon, faux pearl, gold tone metal

Vintage flower brooch, signed R. Mandle. Glass cabachon, faux pearl, gold tone metal