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Van S Authentic vintage costume jewelry

Van S Authentic vintage costume jewelry

Art glass and gold tone metal vintage brooch. 4.3 cm. Early 1960s. Van S Authentic vintage costume jewelry

Van S Authentic vintage costume jewelry
Founded by Joanne and Reginald Lyon Francis Moonan in the 1930s, Authentics Inc. jewelry company was active for about four decades (1930-1969). Later, in the mid-30’s, they renamed their company to Van S. Authentics. According to New York Times, Joanne and Reginald sold their decorations at the Hattie Carnegie salon in New York, and at various stores around the US. Also, Van’s costume jewelry frequently appeared in fashion magazines of the time, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art acquired some of their designs. Noteworthy, produced in limited edition, in addition to Van’s or Van’s authentic marking, each decoration has a personal number.
During World War II, due to the luck of metals for jewelry, the designers used not ordinary materials, like straw, toy parts, and even nuts. Richard Martin, curator of the Costume Institute of for the costume collection at the Fashion Institute of Technology, when he was the curator there. In 1960s the Moonans sold their company.
New York based costume jewelry designer Joanne A. Moonan created a new company called Wendy Jewelry after her daughter Wendy Lyon Moonan. Of course, it was a completely different company.

Abstract design gold tone brooch pin

Abstract design gold tone brooch pin

Reginald Lyon Francis Moonan died in 1980 and his wife Joanne A. Moonan died in October 1997. She was 84 and lived in Manhattan (The New York times, Oct. 20, 1997).

Signature

Earlier Signature

Signature

This marking appeared in mid 1930s

Van S Authentic vintage costume jewelry

Van S Authentic vintage costume jewelry

Daisy brooch pendant. Gold tone metal, blue cabochon

Black glass cameo brooch pendant. Gold tone metal, rhinestones

Black glass cameo brooch pendant. Gold tone metal, rhinestones

Eagle brooch. Textured gold tone metal. Early 1960s

Eagle brooch. Textured gold tone metal. Early 1960s

Enameled Maltese cross brooch pendant. Gold tone jewelry alloy, art glass

Enameled Maltese cross brooch pendant. Gold tone jewelry alloy, art glass

Engraved portrait coin shaped brooch. Textured gold tone metal

Engraved portrait coin shaped brooch. Textured gold tone metal

Equestrian Horseriding boot brooch of gold tone

Equestrian Horseriding boot brooch of gold tone

Faux sapphire gold tone brooch pin

Faux sapphire gold tone brooch pin

Floral design Art glass brooch pendant

Floral design Art glass brooch pendant

Flower brooch pin. Gold tone metal, White and red art glass

Flower brooch pin. Gold tone metal, White and red art glass

Gold star brooch. Gold tone metal, faux sapphire

Gold star brooch. Gold tone metal, faux sapphire

Green cabochon gold tone flower brooch

Layered flower brooch of gold tone

Layered flower brooch of gold tone

Leaf brooch. Brushed gold tone metal

Leaf brooch. Brushed gold tone metal

Lucky Horse Shoe brooch

Lucky Horse Shoe brooch

Maltese cross brooch pendant. Gold tone metal, glass cabochons. 5.6 cm, 1960s

Maltese cross brooch pendant. Gold tone metal, glass cabochons. 5.6 cm, 1960s

Maltese cross brooch pendant. Gold tone textured metal, yellow cabochon

Maltese cross brooch pendant. Gold tone textured metal, yellow cabochon

Maltese cross brooch pendant. Gold tone

Maltese cross brooch pendant. Gold tone

Mushroom brooch. Brushed gold tone metal

Mushroom brooch. Brushed gold tone metal

Ornate key brooch of gold tone

Ornate key brooch of gold tone

Pinwheel brooch pendant. Gold tone textured metal

Pinwheel brooch pendant. Gold tone textured metal

Star Pin. Gold tone metal

Star Pin. Gold tone metal

Starburst Pin. Gold tone metal, faux coral

Starburst Pin. Gold tone metal, faux coral

Vintage Maltese cross brooch. Gold tone, faux rubies, citrines, gold plated. 6.5 cm. 1950s

Vintage Maltese cross brooch. Gold tone, faux rubies, citrines, gold plated. 6.5 cm. 1950s

White flower brooch pin. White enamel, goldtone metal , art glass

White flower brooch pin. White enamel, goldtone metal , art glass