This example is a of a type of jewelry assigned to a Czech jewelry designer, usually said to have been a 'top vintage jewelry maker.' Pieces signed Husár will often be described as 'made by hand' and will often be accompanied by glowing descriptions of him as a true artist who crafted his pieces in Jablonec (Gablonz), Czechoslovakia. Sometimes a specific time frame is given for the era in which a piece of jewelry bearing his mark was made. Other times no specific time is actually given, but a pre-1945 date is almost always strongly suggested.
No reliable information referencing an actual early Czech jewelry maker by the name of 'Husár. D' has ever been found, to date. Not in records from the various different times in which he was supposed to have been so well known and successful in business, and not in an historical reference written by a trusted jewelry industry source.
The reason no one has ever heard of this designer until recent times is said to be due to paperwork documenting all Czechoslovakian jewelry designers/makers being destroyed, either during or after World War II. Strangely it seems these corroborating documents, mundane business papers of no particular political interest, were selectively (and completely) destroyed. Though a jewelry factory might realistically be expected to perhaps contain at least some metals and other raw materials potentially useful for a war effort, only the documentation about designers and their jewelry disappeared. But, warehouses, physical buildings where one could expect to find the files and paperwork about the factories, their owners, designers and workers, are said to have been found unharmed in later times. Apparently they were still brimming full of unsold jewelry pieces from earlier times when, like time capsules or Ali Baba's cave, they were rediscovered. Though nothing else was taken or destroyed all those years ago, oddly these sealed warehouses were devoid of any scrap of evidential paper.
Remember, the inherent qualities of the item itself are what should be the foremost consideration, not what a seller might attempt to suggest is true about it. A story that cannot be substantiated in any way cannot be considered provenance.
Consider this type of jewelry with some logic. Would a 'true artist' or a 'top jewelry designer' allow unfinished jewelry to be sold with their name attached to it? The so called, 'heavy soldering' left visible on the unplated back is not an indication of quality work. Quality jewelry has plating intended not only to conceal any soldered areas and give the resulting jewelry piece a clean, completed look, but also to serve as a barrier between the baser metals used in construction and the skin of the wearer.
Jewelry bearing the mark seen on this pin (and on other representational examples that will be listed separately in this shop) are contemporary, not old. As prices rise for authentically old costume jewelry, fakes and fantasy items are being made with a 'look' of rhinestone bling avidly sought by an established collector base of dedicated costume jewelry lovers. Other examples made with different color combinations of rhinestones in the same design as this pin are available.
See the notes below for more information on the topic of new Czech jewelry..
The size of the pin in this listing is 2 1/4 inches by 3 3/4 inches.
A sudden 'warehouse find' of any type of antique or collectible should always be viewed with scepticism. The euphemism, 'warehouse find' almost always means 'period reproduction,' or 'new fake.' A true warehouse find of authentic, aged collectibles is a very rare thing, indeed.
The sudden availability of a continuing stream of supposedly 'rare' or hard to find jewelry pieces can be explained away with the quite plausible story of a respected old jewelry factory or warehouse forced to close because of a war. Remaining closed for more than 50 years, SBK and Husár.D jewelry pieces would seem to have just been waiting for the fairly recent boom in costume jewelry collecting in order to suddenly be rediscovered.
The Czech people are very proud of their heritage in regards to jewelry production. They treasure their antique and vintage historical resources. On March 23, 1994, Parliament passed an 'Act of the Czech Republic' concerning the Sale and Export of Cultural Objects. Cultural objects covered by this Act include Czech jewelry, either Fine or costume, determined to be at least 50 years in age and of no set market value.
"A physical person or legal entity who intends to export a cultural object may export that object from the territory of the Czech Republic only after it has been provided with certification that it has not been declared cultural monuments, nor articles which are part of a set declared as a cultural monument. They must submit one copy of the
certificate to the customs authority when the cultural object is released into the export regime or the regime of passive cultural intercourse, one copy is kept and one copy of the certificate accompanies the cultural object."
SBK Czecho and HusarD jewelry pieces are, most likely, Czechoslovakian in manufacture. Most pieces are visually appealing and quite attractive. Stories about them become inaccurate, however, when they are sold as finished original, vintage pieces that were locked away in a warehouse for many, many years.
This type of jewelry is almost always advertised as hailing from the 1920's or 1930's, or earlier. Were this true, then a buyer should expect that the above required Czech government cultural monument certificate would have accompanied each piece at export.
If 'certification' is requested after delivery of a recently imported SBK or Husár.D marked jewelry item, don't be surprised if eventually a statement arrives that does not appear to be of official government issue, at all, but which is only a note from the Czech seller. In it will likely be a rendition of the same warehouse story told above, possibly along with a semi-official looking ink stamp. Like the jewelry that it 'certifies' as authentic, however, any certificate of authenticity can be made to order and can just as easily be a fantasy.
If a seller supplies a statement like, "Czecho been used almost on all jewelry made in CZECH REPUBLIC (CZECHOSLOVAKIA)", such a statement would be only partially correct. Except for some dissolution that occurred due to Nazi occupation during World War II, from 1918 until 1993 the Czech and Slovak nation states remained combined into one country. Products exported from that conjoined state during that span of time should more correctly be expected to bear the designation of having been made in 'Czechoslovakia,' as indeed most vintage jewelry items produced there will be marked, if they are marked at all. The Czech Republic is a modern country designation reflecting the split of old Czechoslovakia into two new and separate entities. If made in the Czech Republic, marked 'Czech Republic' or, often just 'Czecho', to indicate this, rather than 'Czechoslovakia', the complete name of the previous country of which it once was part, such an item cannot have been manufactured prior to 1993.
Costume copies of jewellery designs from the Byzantine era and up are sold today in Jablonec nad Nisou, in shops in South Bohemia and on Celetna Street in Prague.