Researching Costume Jewelry History, Companies and Signatures -“U”

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COSTUME JEWELRY MARKS – U*

 

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U

UBU

  • Mark: UbU Paris    Photo courtesy Courtesy Cindy Starcher
  • Dates: 1985 present
  • Founded: Pierre Trapani
  • Location: France

 

UGO CORREANI See CORREANI, UGO

 

ULTRACRAFT Johnston, RI

  • Founded by Luigi Guadagno.
  • Mark:   ULTRA with copyright mark   
  • Mark:   ULTRA CRAFT   

 

UNCAS MANUFACTURING CO. 1911 present

  • Mark:   “U” with an arrow on each side, pointing toward the “U” since 1919 — 1988     Courtesy Carol Neitzel
  • Mark:   “U” with arrow 1920 through at least 1988  ;      Photo courtesy Lilly Vittetow.
  • Mark:   Crystogem 1927     Courtesy RCJ
  • Mark:   Kiddiegem 1934     Courtesy RCJ
  • Mark:   Stylecraft Gems March 1938     Courtesy Plenty O’Jewels.
  • Mark:   Stylerite May 1941     Courtesy Plenty O’Jewels.
  • Mark:   Personality Sept. 1941
  • Mark:   Glow-Lite Jan. 1942     Courtesy RCJ
  • Mark:   Jewels of Fashion 1947     Courtesy RCJ
  • Mark:   Curtis Creations 1950 (Curtman)
  • Mark:   CC in ball on hand 1950 (Curtman)    Courtesy RCJ    Courtesy ID: fynderskeepers
  • Mark:   Bunny for rings Jan. 1950
  • Mark:   Sorrento 1951     Courtesy RCJ
  • Mark:   Coronado Aug. 1955
  • Mark:   Christian Heritage 1958
  • Mark:   Ring-O-Rama 1958
  • Mark:   Uncas 1959
  • Mark:   H.G. E (heavy gold electroplate) 1965
  • Mark:   Vincenzo 1966
  • Mark:   Unicite 1967
  • Mark:   Stars of Light 1971
  • Mark:   Corsini 1975     Courtesy RCJ
  • Mark:   Lois 1978     Courtesy RCJ
  • Mark:   Uncaclad 1979
  • Mark:   Kyoto 1981     Courtesy RCJ
  • Mark:   Corsini Collection 1997     Courtesy RCJ
  • Mark:   Daryl Lee 2005     Courtesy RCJ
  • Mark:   Tisha Lee 2005     Courtesy RCJ
  • Mark:   Keynote of Fashion
  • Mark:   Spiders in Fashion
  • Mark:   Stylecraft
  • Mark:   Turtles on Parade
  • Mark:   Sorrento Sterling     Photo courtesy Laura Libio.
  • Mark:   Sorrento 1/20 12K G.F.     Courtesy RCJ
  • Mark:   Persian Love
  • Founded in 1911 by Vincent Sorrentino (1892-1976) in Providence, RI under his own name
  • It became UNCAS Manufacturing Co. before 1922
  • Curtrman Company (1936) became a part of Uncas prior to 1950.
  • Uncas purched Vargas MFG. and it’s building sometime after 1996.
  • The original Sorrentino family is still involved in the Uncas Co. (2008)>

UNGARO, EMANUEL Paris

  • Mark:   Photo courtesy Erik Yang.
  • Contemporary designer.

 

UNGER BROTHERS Newark, NJ

  • Mark:   Interlaced U & B, was stamped on all Unger silver, with the exception of some jewelry made after 1910.     Photo courtesy Jennifer of Jennifer Lynn’s Timeless Jewelry.
  • This jewelry is lightweight and of lesser quality than the original pieces.
  • Began making silver jewelry in 1878.
  • Ceased production of silver articles in 1914 and firm was sold in 1919.

 

UNICORN PRODUCTS CO. INC. NY, NY since 1946

  • Mark:   Impression of a unicorn standing on hind legs & the name “Unicorn” inside a circle.  

 

URBAN FETISHES New Mexico

  • Mark:      Photo courtesy Linda Jo D. Mitchell.
  • Owned by artist and writer Alice Warder Seely.
  • Pewter jewelry.
  • Contemporary

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

PAT SEAL: research files
DOTTY STRINGFIELD: research files
BOBYE SYVERSON: research files.
A TRIBUTE TO AMERICA by Carla and Roberto Brunialti
AMERICAN COSTUME JEWELRY by Carla and Roberto Brunialti
AMERICAN JEWELRY MANUFACTURERS by Dorothy T. Rainwater
COLLECTIBLE COSTUME JEWELRY by Cherri Simonds
COLLECTING COSTUME JEWELRY 101 By Julia Carroll
COLLECTING COSTUME JEWELRY 202 By Julia Carroll
COLLECTING RHINESTONE COLORED JEWELRY by Maryanne Dolan
COPPER ART JEWELRY by Burkholz and Kaplan
COSTUME JEWELRY A PRACTICAL HANDBOOK AND GUIDE by Fred Rezazadeh
COSTUME JEWELRY (2nd Ed.) by Harrice Simons Miller
EUROPEAN DESIGNER JEWELRY by Ginger Moro
INSIDE THE JEWELRY BOX By Ann Pitman
LUCILLE TEMPESTA: owner-publisher of the Vintage Fashion & Costume Jewelry Magazine
MASTERPIECES OF COSTUME JEWELRY by Ball and Torem
MID-CENTURY PLASTIC JEWELRY By Susan Klein
MIRIAM HASKELL JEWELRY by Cathy Gordon and Sheila Pamfiloff
OLD JEWELRY by Jeanenne Bell
WARMAN’S JEWELRY 2nd Ed. by Christie Romero
WARMAN’S JEWELRY 3rd Ed. by Christie Romero

 

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