..I ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT GREAT JEWELRY IS ART THAT BECOMES ART WHEN WORN BY PEOPLE…-KENNETH JAY LANE.
From my personal collection- I found this beautiful and contemporary looking brooch during the 1970’s, on one of my trips to a flea market. I purchased it assuming that, because of its form, it was made recently. At the time, I did not realize that the brooch had been crafted in Sterling Silver was,signed and, was quite old… I never wore it and found it only recently while sorting the jewelry in one of my armoire drawers. Since, I researched Harry Iskin and his jewelry company and saw some of his pieces.
I found his designs very appealing, his use of semi-precious metals, like Sterling Silver, very original and quite non-conforming to the fashion trends of the era. I have since learned that his jewelry is quite appealing to the collectors but still very underestimated in price and under-rated by the general public. And, the jewelry pieces are becoming gradually rarer as the time goes by.
The beautiful Vermeil brooch offered here is crafted in Sterling Silver with an overlay of 12-14 KT gold. A golden, four, double-tiered, petals flower with a single leaf is set on a two golden rings nestled within one another. The stem of the flower, extending from the leaf splits into two curled branches. A square cut cobalt blue color crystal , prong set at the center, is the flower stamen. The back of the flower has the H I Logo of Harry Iskin and the metal hallmark.
DIMENSION: 2.75” x 2.25”. Sapphire crystal: 5 mm x 5 mm.
MATERIALS: Vermeil gold on sterling silver: Square faceted crystal.
VINTAGE AND CONDITION: I never wore the brooch since 1970’s and assume that it was worn by the previous owner. However, it is in an excellent vintage condition, with no visible damage. It will be shipped in an elegant jewelry gift box.
About Harry Iskin (1920-1953)??? - Founded in Philadelphia in 1920 as Harry Iskin Company it originally designed and manufactured Masonic charms, society emblems, class pins and trophies. In 1930, the company changed its name to Iskin Manufacturing Company and added jewelry crafted in sterling silver, vermeil on silver and 10KT, 12KT rose and yellow gold filled pieces, which were stamped with letter ”H” over letter “I”. Harry Iskin’s designs were created in the spirit of the Arte Moderne just coming into being in late the 1930’s. His jewelry is very original and recognizable in its various forms.
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