This is a stunning Jakob Bengel rare brass color mauerwerk brickwork enamel collier choker! "This is constructed in a fluid fashion as it tries to flow out of your hands! In brass or gold tone metal work rather than chrome and and intricate enamel design adorns the whole length of this necklace. The clasp is unusual with a pyramid shape which was seen in Bengel bracelets. The metal work is also seen in 40's fashions in type of brooches with the same metal work. This lovely piece of history is ready for a new home maybe yours? A wonderful addition to any collection to be seen and worn and to continue to spread the history of this unlikely jewelry designer who has become world renowned
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"When this jewelry began appearing in European collectors’ markets in the 1980s, not only was its provenance questionable, but it was also presented as ‘manufacturer unknown’ in the literature when it did appear. Paper tags stamped ‘Original Julienne’ indicated French origins to interested dealers and collectors, who believed the elegant designs and workmanship could only be French. But quite by chance, in 1993 the Drs. Händel came across a sample book from an unidentified German costume jewelry firm in which they found a postcard dated 1935 from the German Consulate in Algiers to the Jakob Bengel Company in Oberstein/Nahe (today Idar-Oberstein) concerning an unpaid bill.
They were then able to unearth other company sample books enabling them to complete and document their collection as well as determine why they were finding pieces in London and Brussels in the 1980s; namely, the Jakob Bengel Company had sold its sample collections in 1978, mostly abroad, where the first pieces began turning up. Imagine the sensation, not to mention disbelief, when the German watch chain manufacturer Jakob turned out to be the source!
The Händels were able to convince the Deutsches Museum in Munich that the chemical compounds utilized in the manufacture of this particular jewelry would indeed qualify its presence there - a classic case of technology serving art. Galalith, also know as ‘milkstone’ (Milchstein’) was developed in Germany in 1897 by combining the milk protein casein with formaldehyde, and in the early 20th century it was used in industry and for household items, being relatively simple and inexpensive to produce, easy to color, and heat-resistant.
It is interesting to note that in 1913 30 million liters of milk were converted to 1.5 million kilos of galalith - 6% of total production for plastic instead of cheese!
Founded in 1873 by the inventive locksmith Jakob Bengel, the company first produced pocket watch chains in brass, tombac and silver, as well as a nickel alloy called ‘Doublé Americaine’. The foresight and business acumen of Bengel’s son-in-law Ernst Hartenberger enabled the firm to secure lucrative contracts abroad and create the solid foundation which in the early 1930s permitted the company to undertake an uncertain creative experiment, i.e., to prevail over the traditional historic designs in ‘imitation’ jewelry with a completely new genre in keeping with the times and current trends - namely, ‘real’, original costume jewelry."
The history continues as more is learned about the Bengel Jewelry.
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