Walter Lampl Company was a wholesale jewelry company which created bold and highly individualistic jewelry in a variety of materials, from karat gold and sterling silver to base metal with gold plating, frequently using semiprecious gemstones in their silver and plated jewelry. They were also a major manufacturer of charms. Their motto was, "Creators of the Unusual, As Usual." The company was begun in 1921 by Walter Lampl. Based in New York, the company continued under his leadership until his premature death in 1945. His wife, Sylvia Lampl, inherited the company, which was then managed by his oldest son, Walter, Jr. until the company went out of business in 1959.
This lovely art deco design inspired brooch is from the "Walburt" line, introduced in 1944 and discontinued in 1945. The name, Walburt, was named for Walter Lampl Sr's two sons, Walter Jr and Burton. The gold plated base metal mounting is adorned with four oval ruby rhinestones and four ribbons set with smaller round emerald rhinestones. The brooch measures 1 5/8" in width and 2 1/2" in length and is equiped with a safety clasp mechanism. The piece is stamped on the back "Walburt". Very good vintage condition, with only light wear to the gold plating. A rare line made for only two years.
Walter Lampl Art Deco Style "Walburt Line" Emerald & Ruby Rhinestone Brooch