In the depths of the depression, 1933, Stuart Nye bought some second hand tools and a little silver. Without any experience in jewelry or metal work, but with good taste, an eye for beauty and faith in himself, he began to make a few simple bangle bracelets. Through trial and error he learned the nature of his materials and began to fashion silver into the leaves and flowers so characteristic of their jewelry today. The original work was in Sterling Silver and this continues to be the most popular medium. Copper was added during the metal shortages of World War II. Brass was added during the silver price explosion in the winter of 1979-80.
This lovely brooch, circa, 1940's, was created in an all time favorite "Dogwood" pattern. The piece is hand-crafted as it was at the beginning in 1933. The brooch, a single dogwood blossom measures 2 1/2"" in length by 1 3/8" in width with safety clasp mechanism. It is stamped with the early clover leaf mark, "NYE" and "Sterling". Great vintage condition with no damages and wonderful original patina.