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This Eisenberg Ice Partridge In A Pear Tree Brooch or Pin lead me on a merry chase to find out why it was not marked as such. I was truly puzzled, it came from an Eisenberg Collectors Estate, and was on an Eisenberg Ice Card, but on the back where it should be stamped Eisenberg Ice it is blank.
Lucky for all of us, there are some very good jewelry history and information sites and I found my answer on a site called “Jewel Chat, Costume Jewelry Magazine”. It was here that I discovered from an interview with a long time Eisenberg historian and jewelry buyer that knew Karl Eisenberg personally(he was the grandson of the original Eisenberg owner) that for some reason in the late 70's they made unmarked Eisenberg Ice Jewelry. It was also stated that when she complained to Karl about the pieces not being marked he indicated that he thought the hang tags and the cards would be enough to identify it. The Lady was skeptical, and I can now tell you that she was right to be so.
I also based my belief that this is a true Eisenberg Ice Pin because they always used the best crystals by Swarovski and they were doing Enameling on jewelry in the 70s, Construction is well within the excellent craftsmanship that they used too, so I am stating with conviction that this is Unmarked Eisenberg Ice.
The pin measures 2 ½ inches long and 1 6/8 inches at its widest point. On it a small Partridge bird made out of dazzling clear Swarovski faceted stones and outlined in fine golden colored plating alights on a pear tree, we can see two golden pears beneath the bird hanging among beautiful green enameled leaves that are also accented in golden colored plating. On six (6) of these leaves sparkle a 2mm clear Swarovski faceted stone. Pin action is good although there is a very slight wiggle to it but the thumb clasp works perfectly and you will not have any problems with it I am sure.
Condition is Excellent Vintage without any imperfections to tell you of. All stones are present and bright, all enameling is present and shining and the metal is as bright and lovely as the day this was made. This is a testament to the Eisenberg jewelry line and the collectors estate this came from. For more on who that was please read on.
FYI: The Estate sale was for items owned by William and Susan Ecenbarger.
William won the Pulitzer Prize for General news in 1980 for his outstanding coverage of the Three Mile Island nuclear accident coverage. (TMI to us locals) He was a reporter and and editor for the Philadelphia Inquirer in his day and also Freelanced with his work having been published in The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Smithsonian Magazine, Esquire, Audubon and other leading newspapers and magazines.
He wrote historical books too; “Walkin' the Line: A Journey from Past to Present Along the Mason-Dixon”, published in 2000 and “Glory by the Wayside: The Old Churches of Hawaii which was co-authored by his wife Susan (who also did the principal photography for the book). This was released in 2008. He not only won the Pulitzer, but in his writing career he also won the George Polk Award, and the Lowell Thomas Travel Writer of the Year among many others.
I am assuming that Susan was the collector of the fabulous jewelry I saw there. Be sure to find the other offerings of Eisenberg I have for you here in my shop.
Comes in a gift box and a Lux presentation bag for gifting to a friend. (or yourself)
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Unmarked Late 70's Eisenberg Ice Partridge In A Pear Tree Brooch / Estate Find