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

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 originally published by Dotty Stringfield on IllusionJewels.com

 

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COSTUME JEWELRY MARKS – L*

 

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L

L script in a circle with “Trade” and “Mark” on either side See PROVIDENCE STOCK COMPANY

 

L’AMOUR — See BRAUDE

 

L. RAZZA — See RAZZA

 

LC — See CLAIBORNE, LIZ

 

LC — See SARAH COVENTRY

 

LG — See LIND-GAL

 

LN, LN/25 and variations — See LITTLE NEMO

 

LR — LADY REMINGTON  — See LIA SOPHIA

 

L.S. — See STERN, LOUIS

 

L.S. CO. — See STERN, LOUIS

 

L.S. & CO. — See STERN, LOUIS

 

L.S.P.CO. — See PETERSON

 

LA BELLE — See CORO

 

LA REL — c.1953-?

  • Mark:   La Rel Originals — First used April 1953
  • Mark:   LaRel     Photo courtesy Linda Lange.

 

LA ROCO — LAYKO, ROSS & CO. INC.  — Seattle, WA

  • Mark:   LA ROCO     Photo courtesy Beth Rowlands.
  • Mark:     1918   Courtesy Plenty O’ Jewels.

 

LA ROYAL — See ROYAL BEAD

 

LA TAUSCA — See HELLER, L. & SON, INC.

 

LA TAUSCA — Mark was also used by Martin Low & Taussig, Providence, Rhode Island

 

LACROIX, CHRISTIAN Paris

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

 

LADY COVENTRY See SARAH COVENTRY

 

LADY ELLEN See LEDERER

 

LADY REMINGTON See LIA SOPHIA

 

LADYETTE See MARATHON

 

LAGUNA See also ROYAL CRAFTSMEN

  • Mark:   Laguna first used Feb. 1944    
  • Hang tag      Photo courtesy David Pritchett.
  • Hang tag     Photos courtesy Simply Sharon.
  • Hang tag       Photos courtesy Simply Sharon.
  • Mark:   Laguna tag   

 

LAMPL, WALTER — NY, NY 1921-1959

  • Mark:   WALTER LAMPL block letters early mark.    Photo courtesy Cheri & Rocky Van Hoover.     Photo courtesy ID: justabunchawildflowers
  • Mark:   LAMPL block letters early mark.
  • Mark:   WL block lettrs early mark.
  • Mark:   WL 10K     Photo courtesy Cheri & Rocky Van Hoover.
  • Mark:   Sterling WL        ;  Another sterling mark   Photos courtesy Cheri & Rocky Van Hoover.
  • Mark:   by Lampl script during Walter, Sr.’s lifetime and beyond.
  • Mark:   WL script on a shield mid 1940s and after.    Photo courtesy Jennifer of Jennifer Lynn’s Timeless Jewelry.
  • Mark:   WL script on a shield mid 1940s and after.     Courtesy Lee Caplan
  • Mark:         Courtesy Sam Mitchell.
  • Mark:   By W. Lampl     Courtesy Lanae Williams
  • Mark:        Courtesy Joan Smith
  • Mark:   Sterling by Lampl      Photo courtesy Cheri & Rocky Van Hoover.
  • Mark:   LAMPL STERLING
  • Mark:   WALBURT named for Walters’s sons Walter & Burton; only used about a year 1944 into 1945.
  • Mark:   Toddle-Tot used on children’s jewelry.
  • Mark:   Golden Threads
  • Mark:   Silver Threads
  • Some items were probably not marked.
  • During WWII some Lampl jewelry was produced in Mexico.
  • The company also made vanity items.
  • Intricate charms for bracelets were a specialty.
  • Lampl did not manufacture jewelry, but had other companies make the jewelry using his designs.
  • Walter Lampl died at age 50 in 1945; his wife Sylvia and then his son Walter, Jr. managed the company.
  • The family closed the business in 1959, rather than sell to outsiders.
  • From a 1954 accessories show brochure: imported faceted beads on gold finished chain with gold beads same with pearls also 14k and sterling charms.
  • Courtesy of Cheri van Hoover.

 

LANCETTE See SILSON

 

LANE, KENNETH J. 1963-present

  • Mark:   Kenneth Lane with © 1960s & 1970’s; lots of large pieces.    Photo courtesy Laura Libio.
  • Mark:   K.J.L. 196’s & 1970s; .    Photo courtesy Elizabeth Nyland.
  • Mark:   Donald Stannard for Kenneth J. Lane  c. 1970.
  • Mark:   Kenneth Jay Lane 1970s & 1980s.
  • Mark:   K.J.L. for Avon  1986 to mid-2000s  
  • Mark:   KJL for Laguna dates unknown.
  • Mark:   Â© KJL (no periods)  c. 1990; known to be used on pieces made in mass for QVC      Photo courtesy Elizabeth Nyland.
  • Mark:    Kenneth Lane with © to the side probably 1990s to present.     Photo courtesy Elizabeth Nyland.
  • Mark:   KJL Thailand     Courtesy Karla Wacker
  • Information from Liz Bryman & Ann Hellie.
  • Kenneth Jay Lane died in 2017 but jewelry is still being marketed under his brand.

 

LANG (sterling) 1946-to at least 1977 ??

  • Mark:   Sterling Lang     Photo courtesy Beth Rowlands.
  • Have ad from 1977

 

LANGANI See SCHAAD, ANNI LANG

 

L.A. TIMES

  • Mark:   Courtesy ID: eclecticgramma.

 

LATASIA JEWELRY Washington, DC

  • Mark:   Latasia   
  • Jewelry sold by consultants through a party plan.
  • Contemporary company

 

LATONA See BOND BOYD

 

LAUREL BURCH See BURCH, LAUREL

 

LEA STEIN See STEIN, LEA

 

LEADING JEWELRY MFG. CO. See POLCINI

 

LEDO See LEADING JEWELRY MFG. CO

 

LEADER See PROVIDENCE STOCK COMPANY

 

LEADING BAND See W. & H. JEWELRY CO.

 

LEADING LADY See W. & H. JEWELRY CO.

 

LEAVENS MANUFACTURING COMPANY — Attleboro, MA

  • Mark:   “L” with banner marked “QJ”    Courtesy Jenny Wren
  • Mark:   “L21” is the mark issued to Leavens to use on US military insignia.
  • Founded in 11948 by Theodore Leavens, Lucy Fantaccione, Pete Taratian, Rauul LaCasse, orin Armstrong & Haig Abdian.
  • Acquired by Oneida Ltd. in the mid-1970s.

 

LeC See BOUCHER

 

LEDERER BROTHERS

  •  Mark:   Lady Ellen 1948
  • Dates: c. 1948

 

LEE, JUDY See JUDY LEE

 

LEE MENICHI See POLCINI

 

LEE, NANCY

  • Have ad from 1946

 

LEE, SONIA Providence, RI

  • Mark:   Sonia Lee in script     Photo courtesy Pamela Wiggins Siegel.
  • Have ads from 1946, 1947

 

LEIBER, JUDITH — NY 1963 to present

  • Mark:   Judith Leiber     Courtesy Lilly Vittetow
  • Known for handbags, but has also had a line of costume and now fine jewelry.
  • Judith Leiber died in 2018 but accessories are still being marketed under her brand.

 

LEO GLASS 1928-1957

  • Mark:   Leo Glass in script
  • Mark:   Leo Glass sterling on an oval plaque
  • Mark:   Leo Glass in script on 5 sided plaque
  • Mark:   Courtly Jewels first used in 1946 had a foil hangtag
  • Mark:   Courtly seen in a 1953 and 1959 Jeweler’s Buyers Guide
  • Mark:   Leo Glass      Courtesy Cathy Gordon.
  • Mark:   L G – c. 1941      Elizabeth Taylor MGM Star, Fashion Jewelry styled by Leo Glass    Courtesy Aged and Opulent Jewelry
  • Founded by Leo Glass in NY in 1928. He had worked for Lisner 10 years prior to that. He was a manufacturer & importer. He went bankrupt in 1957.
  • Visit Cathy Gordon’s gallery to see examples.

 

LEONARDO See DAVINCI CREATIONS

 

LERU — PELTON & LERU CORP. — NY, NY c. 1950s-1960s (?)

  • Mark:   Leru first used in 1956   

 

LES, BERNARD 1963-1996

  • Mark:   
  • Mark:   Sterling Les Bernard     Courtesy Deb Schneider
  • Mark:   Marks on mechanical flower brooch    
  • Mark:    Les Bernard   
  • Founded by Bernard Shapiro, son of Harold Shapiro of Vogue jewelry, and Lester Joy, thus the name “Les Bernard”.
  • Lester Joy was a designer and Bernard Shapiro may have also done some of the designs.
  • Les Bernard manufactured jewelry for Mary McFadden, James Galanos, the Dynasty Collection for the TV show and Ugo Correani.
  • Read an article about Les Bernard by Ann Pittman.

 

LEWIS KIRSCHMAN See KIRSCHMAN, LEWIS

 

LEWIS SEGAL See SEGAL, LEWIS

 

L. KAPSIS — NY,NY

  • Mark:        Courtesy Lilly Vittetow
  • Founded in 1967; jewelry manufacturer.

 

LIA SOPHIA, Wood Dale, IL 1986-2015

  • Mark:   Lady Remington – 1986
  • Mark:   LR     Courtesy Lynda Hodgins
  • Formerly Act II Jewelry; name changed to Lady Remington when Act II was purchased by Victor Kiam in 1986.
  • Act II/Lady Remington is now known as Lia Sophia Jewelry and is a direct sales company.
  • The company was named after Kiam’s granddaughters Lia and Sophia.
  • Ceased operation in February, 2015 according to an article in the Chicago Tribune.

 

LIANNA, INC. — Cranston, RI at least from 1995 to June 2003

  • Mark:   LIA      Photo courtesy of Gail Gupton

 

LIBERTY BUCKLE-ON WATCH BRACELETS See PROVIDENCE STOCK COMPANY

 

LIDELL, NELLY c. May 1963

 

LIDZ BROTHERS, NYC 1895

  • Mark:   LIDZBRO
  • Mark:   LIDZNY     Photo courtesy Jennifer from Jennifer Lynn’s Timeless Jewelry.
  • Mark:   LIDZ      Courtesy ID: eclecticgramma.
  • Mark:   Costumakers 1958 print
  • Mark:   Costumakers script at an angle 1945
  • Manufactured Costume Makers Buttons, Sewing Notions and Novelties.
  • Also made some costume jewelry, as pieces with a small metal plaque that says LIDZBRO have been found.
  • Thanks to Elaine Lucier (green-mannequin on Ruby Lane) who bought a salesman’s sample card of buckles & shared with RCJ. It reads, “Lidz Brothers, Inc. Founded 1895”.         

 

LILIJA c. Jan. 1966

 

LILLY DACHE, INC. — NY, NY See DACHE, LILLY

 

LILO See SERMOL, LILO

 

LILY WHITE See DEKNATEL

 

LIMOGES

  • Mark:   Photo courtesy Stefanie Brawner.

 

LIND-GAL, INC. — NYC first use 1952

  • Mark:   Letters “LG” with no other design

 

LINE VAUTRIN See VAUTRIN, LINE

 

A.L. LINDROTH CO. — Attleboro, MA

  • Mark:   A.L.L. CO.
  • Mentioned in Keystone in 1922
  • Last mentioned in 1950

 

LISA JEWELS CO. Orange, NJ

  • Mark:   Lisa   Courtesy Victoria James     Courtesy justabunchofwildflowers
  • Mark:   Lisa Jewels – from a presentation box        Courtesy Jennie Smith

 

LISANDA See MARVELLA

 

LISNER — D. LISNER & CO. OF NY 1904 to approx. 1985

  • Mark:   LISNER early mark    Courtesy Rebecca Fransway
  • Mark:   Lisner     Courtesy David Pritchett,     Courtesy Karen Bird     Courtesy Rebecca Fransway
  • Mark:   With copyright, after 1955    
  • Mark:     Courtesy Lyn Peightal
  • Mark:   Lanvin’s Violet 1926
  • Mark:   Crystalia (all caps) first used 1926
  • Mark:   Diamond Jim Brady 1935
  • Mark:   Stylized head mark used for children’s costume jewelry 1935.
  • Mark:   Lisner used since 1938
  • Mark:   Men From Mars Dec. 1940
  • Mark:   Powder-Blend mark for artificial pearls June 1940
  • Mark:   Gremlin first used Oct. 1942
  • Mark:   Junior Prom 1956
  • Mark:   Lisner script with *L* in an oval with zipper-like design at top and bottom of oval) 1956
  • Founded by David Lisner in 1904.
  • In 1931 it was listed as only a wholesaler, and much of their jewelry was imported from Europe prior to the 1930’s.
  • Lisner was the authorized agent of Schiaparelli in the US, imported & distributed Schiaparelli jewelry prior to WW.2
  • Urie Mandle joined Lisner as a full partner in the 1930’s.
  • In 1930s Lisner began to produce jewelry in Providence, RI. Other companies actually manufactured the jewelry for Lisner, including Whiting & Davis.
  • Lisner bought the Richelieu Pearl Co. in mid-1970’s and company was re-named Lisner-Richelieu Corp. A 1960 ad indicates a possible earlier connection.
  • Victoria Creations purchased Lisner-Richelieu in 1979.
  • Jones apparel Group currently owns the Lisner name, but is not making Lisner jewelry.
  • Lisner jewlery has not been made since the mid-1980’s.
  • Information courtesy Susan Klein. Read her articles for more information on Lisner jewelry:  Lisner Jewelry  and  For The Love Of Lisner.

 

LISTER, FARAH London, England

  • Designing jewelry since 1986.
  • Has a collection named “Angels” in Sterling Silver.
  • Involved in design for Swarovski’s Signity line for 2005.

 

LITTLE FLOWER ROSARY See STERN, LOUIS

 

LITTLE NEMO MFG. CO. — Providence, RI    1913-1978 confirmed a subsidiary of Brier Mfg. Co.*

  • Mark:   Little Nemo inside the shape of a ring.
  • Mark:   “Nemo Gold Seal Quality LN/25”     “Stones Hand Set”     Courtesy Rita Perloff.
  • Mark:   LN/25   
  • Mark:   L/N   
  • Mark:   LN inside a flattened diamond shape  
  • Mark:   LN   
  • Mark:   LN/25 inside a flattened diamond shape   
  • Mark:   LN 50   
  • Little Nemo was founded by Benjamin Brier, Charles Brier & Samuel Magid in 1913.
  • Little Nemo found in Keystone jewelers magazine in 1922, 1931 & 1965
  • *See Brier Mfg. Co. – confirmed through research done by Cheri Van Hoover.

 

LIZ CLAIBORNE See CLAIBORNE, LIZ

 

LJM Laurentian Jewellery Manufacturing, Montreal 1955.

  • Mark:     Photo courtesy Laura Libio.

 

LOCKE, PATRICIA c. 1970s, 1980s ?

  • Was based in Chicago.

 

LONGCRAFT See LONG’S

 

LONG’S (Thomas Long Co., Inc.) Boston, MA 1878 until present

  • Mark:   Longcraft – 1946     Photo courtesy of Gail Gupton
  • Mark:   Giovanni by Longcraft     Courtesy
  • Thomas Long Co. became “Long’s” which lists itself as a retailer & designer of jewelry.

 

LOOK OF THE REAL See CRYSTAL BRANDS

 

LOOP LINKS See SWANK, INC.

 

L’OPERA See MARVELLA

 

LORD COVENTRY See SARAH COVENTRY

 

LOUIS FERAUD See FERAUD, LOUIS

 

LOUIS ROUSSELET See ROUSSELET, LOUIS

 

LOUIS STERN CO., INC. See LUSTERN

 

LOUVAINE PEARLS LASSNER & BAMBERGER, INC. NY, NY

  • Keystone has them listed in 1922 as manufacturers of jewelry with precious & imitation stones

 

LOVABLE (Script) See CORO

 

LOVE LOCKET See CORO

 

LUCIEN PICCARD ORIGINAL — A. BLUMSTEING, INC. NY, NY

  • Mark:   Lucien Piccard Original first used Jan. 1947     Courtesy Barb Jackson

 

LUCKY BUCK (script) See CORO

 

LUCKY ELEPHANT See VARGAS

 

LUNCH AT THE RITZ 1982 to present

  • Mark:   Lunch At The Ritz © 88 (in hand script)      Photo courtesy Erik Yang.
  • Mark:   Lunch At The Ritz © (in block print)
  • Mark:   Lunch At The Ritz © on rectangular plaque     Courtesy Carol Hearn
  • Mark:   Lunch AT The Ritz © (hand printed)     Courtesy Carol Hearn
  • Mark:   LATR    Courtesy Lisa Pantoja
  • Established by Alexis Watts and Esme Hecht. Website shows designs by Zander Elliott as of 2019.
  • The pieces were signed from 1984-1990, then they started with the copyright stamp. (info provided by Cathy Gordan)

 

LUNT SILVERSMITHS 1902 to present Greenfield, MA

  • Mark:   Lunt Sterling   
  • Originally incorporated in 1902 as the Rogers, Lunt and Bowlen Co.
  • Lunt purchased A.F. Towle Co. in 1902, including all of their silverware patterns; patterns from 1903 on are marked with the Lunt trademark.

 

LUSTERN See STERN, LOUIS

 

LUSTRALITE (script) See CORO

 

LYNGGAARD, GERDA See MONIES

 

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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