Cortina

This brooch is by one of the preeminent British jewellery designers of the 1960s.  It is known as a ‘Cortina’ and my version is made of 9ct gold.  The brooch was designed in 1965 by Ernest Blyth for the Leicester…

Lion’s Head

This brooch is by Vendome.  Vendome was a subsidiary of Coro (Fuji Man & Mr & Mrs Squirrel) set up in 1944, taking over from Corocraft.  Both Corocraft and Vendome were the high-end divisions of Coro.  Vendome was popular during…

Braille

This set of brooches is by the Norwegian designer Rasmussen (sometimes you will see it written as Knut A Rasmussen or Knut Andreas Rasmussen).  The KA Rasmussen company was started in 1872 as a goldsmith’s workshop.  I cannot find out…

Christmas Tree

This brooch is from Estonia made during the Communist era.  It was at a time when materials were scarce.  So, this brooch and the others I bought are made of what would be described in an auction catalogue as ‘white…

Triangle with Dangles

This brooch was made in the 1960s by the Circle Jewelry Company founded by Ben Gartner and his son Michael in New York in 1958 which continued to the mid-1970s. Goldette was the company trademark.  They specialised in metalwork pieces…

Helmet

There is little known about ART jewellery.  Arthur Pepper founded the company in the 1940s in New York, and the company ceased trading sometime in the late 1960s or early 1970s.  There isn’t much ART jewellery around on the vintage…