Researching Costume Jewelry History, Companies and Signatures – “P”

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COSTUME JEWELRY MARKS – P*

 

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P

P 5555 (example)See BOUCHER

 

 

“P” inside a diamond shape (long side to side) with “Trade” and “Mark” on either side, and “Diamond” above and “Finish” below

 

X-LS-ALL See PROVIDENCE STOCK COMPANY

 

“P” within a pyramid See BALLOU

 

“P” in a shield See PAKULA

 

P. CRAFT Attleboro, MA 1931 until present

  •  Mark:   Evenings by P. Craft Courtesy Lilly Vittetow
  • Family owned and operated, once known for cameo jewelry, make very little jewelry today; have become a metals manufacturing company.
  • Info courtesy Lilly Vittetow from Jackie Cabral of P. Craft.

 

P.E.P. See PEARL, ERWIN

 

P.S. CO. — PLAINVILLE STOCK CO.  Plainville, MA c. 1896- present

  • Mark:   P.S. CO first used about 1884    Photo courtesy Linda Lange.
  • Mark:   Patrician
  • Mark:   “P” inside a circle.

 

PACO RABANNE See RABANNE, PACO

 

PAKULA & CO. — Chicago, IL c. 19321997/98

  • Mark:   Pakula first used in 1932     Photo courtesy of Gail Gupton
  • Mark:   “P” in a shield Jan. 1941
  • Mark:   Enchantress first used July 1946
  • Mark:   Pakula hang tag     Photo courtesy Dinah Taylor.
  • Have ads from 1962, 1963
  • Hollycraft made some jewelry for Pakula, including Christmas items.

 

PALACIOUS, BARBARA present

  • Contemporary jewelry company.

 

PALM BEACH VANITYSee NAPIER

 

PALM PRODUCTS NY, NY c. 1942

  • Mark: “P” with palm tree graphic.   
  • Mark: Palm
  • Mark: Thine Forever
  • Palm Royale was a line of jewelry the company made.
  • Founded by Richard Polumbaum c. 1942.
  • Have ad from 1946

 

PANETTA 1945 – late 1980s (under Panetta’s)

  • Mark:   Panetta ©     Photo courtesy of Gail Gupton
  • Mark:   Panetta     Photo courtesy Beth Rowlands.
  • Notes: Founded by Benedetto Panetta, who died in th 1960’s.
  • Company continued under his sons Amadeo and Armand until the late 1980’s.
  • Was purchased by a foreign company in the 1980s

 

PANIS, STARVE GREGOR

  • Mark:   SGP Sterling   Photo courtesy Jennifer Lynn’s Timeless Jewelry
  • Notes: Joined the Boston Society of Arts & Crafts in 1925.
  • Birth 1889, death 1974.

 

PARCO MFG.

 

  Mark:   PARCO Photo courtesy Becky Sweet

  • Dates: 1946 until at least 1953
  • Founded:
  • Location: Providence RI

 

PAOLO See PIERRE CARDIN

 

PARAGON (script)See CORO

 

PARENTI

  • Mark:   Parenti  
  • Notes: Two Parenti sisters came to the USA from Florence, Italy about 1932, as Europeon-trained silversmiths.
  • Had a shop at 400 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
  • Made hand-wrought silver piecesmany of them set with real stones.
  • Info from a Vogue article from 1941, & a 1947 ad.

 

PARIS See MORELAND

 

PARISINA See BOUCHER

 

PARK LANE See JEWELS BY PARK LANE

 

PARK LANE  See VARGAS

 

PARQUET See TRIFARI

 

PARROT PEARLS San Francisco 1975 (1995 Ruby Z)

  • Mark:   Parrot Pearls
  • Notes: Ceramic jewelry in fanciful shapes, animals, flowers, colorful beads
  • Most designs were necklaces and pins; few bracelets made.
  • Founded by Candace Loheed, Bean Finneran, Sarah Seiter and Nancy Fiddler
  • Loheed and and 2 partners formed new company called Ruby Z
  • Signatures may be on back of a bead, with “Z” on other side
  • Company called Flying Colors founded by former emplyees of Parrot Pearls.
  • Almost all jewelry by 3 companies was signed: necklaces on bead at clasp or on back of centerpiece
  • Info from article in Antique Week Vol. 38, Issue 1916 by Ann. M. Pitman.

 

PASTELLI — ROYAL OF PITTSBURGH Pittsburgh, PAc. 1950s – 1980s

  • Mark:   Pastelli        Photo courtesy of Gail Gupton
  • Mark:   Pastelli engraved in cursive on a raised rectangular bar; then “R” within a circle.   Info courtesy Toni Sly.
  • Have ad from 1963

 

PAUL LOBEL (lived 1899-1983)

  • Mark:        Courtesy Rita Perloff
  • Modernist studio jeweler.

 

PAUL SARGENT See SARGENT, PAUL

 

PAULINE RADER See RADER, PAULINE

 

PAULETTE JEWELRY c. 1954

  • Hand-manipulated courtier styled jewelry, featuring shower effect necklaces, bracelets, and earrings in multicolor, opaque and frosted beads and rondelles.
  • Listed in a 1954 brouchure of an accessories show at the Hotel McAlpin in NY

 

PAULINE TRIGERE See TRIGERE, PAULINE

 

PD See PREMIER DESIGNS

 

PD in a diamond shapeSee PENN DIAMOND CO.

 

PEACOCK, C. D., INC. Chicago, IL

  • Mark:   C. D. PEACOCK   Courtesy Plenty O’ Jewels.

 

PEARL, ERWIN c.1960 to present

  • Mark:   Erwin Pearl 1983 
  • Mark:   E. Pearl 1991; mark has been used on fine and costume jewelry.
  • Mark:   E.P. 2001
  • Mark:   Erwin Pearl and P.E.P. found on same earring         Courtesy Vickie Gerdes, ID: luvroadtrips.
  • Notes: The company also produces sterling and gold filled jewelry.
  • Erwin Pearl was still making some fine jewelry into the late 1960s.
  • Not sure when they started making costume jewelry.

 

PEARLCRAFT took out a loan in 1962

  • Mark: Pearlcraft 

 

PELL — PELL JEWELRY CO. — Long Island City, NY 1941-present

  • Mark:   Pell  
  • Mark:   ©Pell   
  • Notes: Founded by the Gaita brothers
  • Still in business as of 2006

 

PELLINI

  • Mark:   Pellini ®      Photo courtesy Cathy Gordon.

 

PELTANIUM see BARCLAY

 

PENNINO — PENNINO BROS.  Ny, NY 1926 -1966

  • Mark:   Pennino       Photo courtesy Joy Tumlin
  • Mark:   Pennino Sterling     Photo courtesy Erik Yang.
  • Mark:   9 different zodiac signsfirst used Nov. 1926
  • Mark:   Pennino Pat. Pend.
  • Mark:   Pennino in script was probably only used on paper goods ads, etc.       Photos courtesy Linda Lange.
  • Let us know if you have actually seen script on a piece of jewelry.
  • Mark:   Pennino script hang tag           Courtesy Judy Miller, ID: grandmax111
  • Notes: Pennino was almost always signed, except for some commemorative items that were limited in production. Sets have been found where the earrings were signed, but the necklace was not. Sometimes the signature is on the back of an individual element and is easily overlooked.
  • Pennino jewelry started in a small goldsmith shop in NYC in 1908 by Pasquale Pennino.
  • The company was formally founded by Oreste (Otto), Frank & Jack Pennino in 1926.
  • Items marked “ORESTO” are not Pennino.
  • Pennino never made jewelry for other companies.
  • Info as of 4-24-06. Courtesy Chris Hartnett, great-nephew of Frank Pennino.
  • For more information, read an article about  Three Neapolitan Princes and the Legacy of Pennino  by Dotty Stringfield.

 

PERLES DE LUNE See KRAMER

 

PERMA CLAD See DAVINCI CREATIONS

 

PERMA GOLD See DAVINCI CREATIONS

 

PERMA-PLATE See MARATHON

 

PENN DIAMOND CO. Scranton, PA

  • Mark:   PD in a diamond shape 1962

 

PERLMESH See WHITING & DAVIS

 

PERSIAN LOVESee UNCAS

 

PERSIANA See ROYAL CRAFTSMEN

 

PERSONALITY See UNCAS

 

PERUZZI Italy c. 1500 – c. 2000

  • Mark:   Peruzzi Silver 800 Florence     Photo courtesy Erik Yang.
  • Mark:   FIRENZE PERUZZI       Photo by Sam Mitchell. Sam’s research points to this being an early
  • Fratelli Peruzzi Argentieri (literal translation: Peruzzi Siblings Silversmiths) mark circa 1900.
  • Mark:            Photos courtesy Andrea Maloney.
  • The Peruzzi’s were a family of jewelers in Florence, Italy.

 

PERUZZI Boston c.1930 – 1981

  • Mark:   Peruzzi Boston
  • Founded in Boston by Gino Peruzzi in the early 1930s
  • Sold to Aldo Fioravanti in 1945.
  • Went out of business in 1982.
  • Info from “Amazing Gems”.

 

PETERSON, L.S. — L.S. PETERSON CO., INC.  Attleboro, MA, later at Seekonk, MA c. 1943 – 1994

  • Mark:   L.S.P.CO.     Courtesy Gail Gupton
  • Mark:   Little Princess

 

PETER MACCIARINI See MACCIARINI CREATIONS

 

PHRYGIAN  cap mark See BOUCHER

 

PHYLLIS ORIGINAL, INC.  See M. & S. MFG.

 

PIDIDDLY LINKS, LTD.  Kingstone, NY 1969 – sold in 1995

  • Mark:   Pididdly Links, Kingston, NY        Courtesy Lilly Vittetow
  • Notes: Company founded by Steve and Elise Pittelman.
  • Elise was the main designer for the company.
  • One source on the internet stated that she started Jewelled Creations after selling Pididdly Links, making jewelled bird palaces, pins and magnets.

 

PIERRE BEX

  •   Mark:   Pierre Bex
  •   Mark:   Pierre Bex, PB, France
  •   Mark:   Pierre Bex, Made in France
  •   Mark:   Logo
  •   Mark:   PB Pierre Bex
  •  Mark:   Habbeba prior to 1980
  •  Mark:   Orchidee Noire end of 1980s; all were signed
  •   Mark:   Orchidee Noire
  •   Mark:   Orchidee Noire tag
  •  Mark:   Orchidee Noire tag other side
  •  Mark:   Ferraggioli end of 1980s
  •   Mark:   Ferraggioli tag
  • Mark: J. Sabbagh from 1969 until the end of the 1980’s. Company was created just after WWII by Mr Sabbagh & bought by Pierre Bex in the 1980’s. J.Sabbagh produced pieces for YSL,
  • Dior, L.Ferraud. 90% of the pieces where unsigned.
  • Dates: Produced jewelry until the end of the 1980s. Continues to sell original jewelry from their website
  • Founded: By Pierre Beroux
  • Location: Bry sur Marne, France
  • Notes: At least half of their jewelry was not signed
  • Notes: Information and images kindly provided by Pierre Beroux

 

PIERRE CARDIN

  • Mark:   Hangtag     Courtesy Alison Gadberry
  • Mark:   Paolo 1994; designed by Paulo Gucci..a division of Les Plus Inc. Pierre Cardin

 

PIERRE, GEORGE — France — c. 1910 – 1936

  • Mark:   GIP     Photo courtesty Judith Katz Schwartz.
  • Pierre worked with thin slices of horn to make his incredible pieces.

 

PIK MANUFACTURING c. 1954

  • Slide bracelets with moveable motifs, drop charm bracelets, ladies cuff links.
  • Listed in a 1954 brouchure of an accessories show at the Hotel McAlpin in NY

 

PIM

  • Mark:       Courtesy Ray Figueroa

 

PIN KLIP See SWANK, INC.

 

PIN-ETTES See ANSON

 

PINEDA, ANTONIO

 

  • Photo courtesy Jennifer Lynn’s Timeless Jewelry.
  • Mark: Post circa 1950.
  • Dates: Antonio Pineda apprenticed with Spratling in 1933, had his first
    exhibition in the early 1940s.
  • Founded: Antonio Pineda
  • Location: Taxco, Mexico
  • Notes: For an interview with Antonio Pineda, see Modern
    Silver magazine
    .

 

PINAFORE See CORO

 

PINCH PINSee REJA

 

PINLESS PIN See THE FASHIONCRAF JEWELRY CO. ORIGINAL BY ROBERT

 

PISCITELLI Cranston, RI c. 1960 to present

  • Mark:   Piscitelli – 1975 – 2003      
  • Mark:   Cali 1980 – 2005   
  • Mark:       1988 – 2003
  • Company made high end costume jewelry.
  • Founded by Joe P. Piscitelli, Sr., who had been a model maker for STAR Mfg.
  • Lastest informatiion has a member of the family running the company.
  • Information courtesty Sandy Carroll.

 

PITMAN & KEELER Attleboro, MA c.1910 – at least c. 1960

  • Mark:   P. & K.  
  • Mark:   Security
  • Mark:   American Queen from 1917     Courtesy Linda Lange

 

PLAINVILLE, STOCK COMPANY Plainville, MA 1884 – present

  • Mark:   PSCO used since 1884, registered in 1906  Info and photo courtesy Dinah Taylor.
  • Mark:   “P” inside a circle registered in 1962.
  • Mark:   Patrician listed in Rainwater.
  • Makers of silver-plated and gold filled jewelry.
  • Some info provided by Dinah Taylor.

 

PLASTIGOLD See ACCESSOCRAFT PRODUCTS CO.

 

POLCINI — POLCINI MFG. CORP.  — NY, NY 1911 until at least 1989

  • Mark:   Ledo 1948 – c. 1962    Photo courtesy Victoria James
  • Mark:   LEDO      Photo courtesy Beth Rowlands.
  • Mark:   Polcini c. 1960      Photo courtesy Jennifer of Jennifer Lynn’s Timeless Jewelry.
  • Mark:   Lee Menichi for Polcini 1971 (a 1930’s look)
  • Founded by Ralph Polcini and originally named Leading Jewelry Co. 1911-1949
  • Leading Jewelry Co. was renamed Polcini c. 1960

 

POLUMBAUM, RICHARED NY, NY

  • Mark:   Palm     Photo courtesy Linn Alber.
  • Mark:   Palm Royale (Rainwater found this in Jewelers Circular Keystone in 1950
  • Mark:   Thine Forever

 

POMERANTZ, H.

  • Mark:   Photo courtesy ID: justabunchawildflowers.

 

POOPED PUSSY CATSee CARNEGIE

 

POOPED POOPLE See CARNEGIE

 

POPESCO, CATHERINE

  • Mark:   Catherine Popesco France   Photo courtesy .
  • Contemporary artist (2005)

 

POWDER-BLEND See LISNER

 

PR.ST.CO. 1934 See PROVIDENCE STOCK COMPANY

 

PRECIOUS ALL See VAN DELL

 

PRECO MANUFACTURING

  •   Mark:   © PRECO   Photo courtesy justabunchawildflowers.
  • Dates: 1990 – present
  • Founded:
  • Location: Johnston, RI
  • Notes: Also makes costume jewelry for other brand, including Hawaiian Tropic.

 

PREMIER DESIGNS — Irving, TX — 1985 to present (2005)

  • Mark:   PD     Photo courtesy Lilly Vittetow.
  • Mark:   Courtesy Linda Jo D. Mitchell.      Courtesy Teresa Wiist
  • Sells jewelry through home parties.
  • Founded by Andy and Joan Horner.

 

PREMIER JEWELRY CO., INC. — NY, NY Dec. 1945-?

  • Mark:   Claudette     Photo courtesy eclecticgramma.
  • Mark:   C. Claudette
  • Presit See Stern, Louis
  • Prestige (script)See CORO
  • Princess Pride Creations, Chicago, IL Medicated Products Co. d.b.a. Donald Bruce Company
  • Mark:   Princess Pride Creations first used June 1953 [printed in capitals]
  • Mark:   Princess Bride [in script under a crown] w/ Creations underneath in print
  • Mark:   Angelite 1960   Courtesy Plenty O’[email protected]
  • Last listed owner Princess Acquisition LLC LTD LLAB, Co.

 

PROVIDENCE STOCK COMPANY — Providence, RI c. 1890 – until at least the 1950s

  • Mark:   AERONAUT 1934
  • Mark:   EZ FOLD 1934
  • Mark:   FOLD ON 1934
  • Mark:   LEADER 1934
  • Mark:   MANIFOLD 1934
  • Mark:   MODERNE BEAUTY v1934
  • Mark:   NAVIGATOR 1934
  • Mark:   SOLAR PLATE v1934
  • Mark:   FAIR MAID 1934
  • Mark:   NANCY LEE v1934
  • Mark:   PR.ST.CO. 1934    Courtesy RCJ
  • Mark:   X-Ls-ALL
  • Mark:   BLUWITE
  • Mark:   EVERITE
  • Mark:   MIFAVORITE
  • Mark:   Heart shape with “line” arrows pointing to it from either side
  • Mark:   Script “L” in a circle with “Trade” and “Mark” on either side
  • Mark:   “Liberty Buckle-On Watch Bracelets”
  • Mark:   “P” inside a diamond shape (long side to side) with “Trade” and “Mark” on either side, and “Diamond” above and “Finish” below
  • Information from Rainwater and a 1934 Jewelry trademark book.

 

PROBST, C. E. — Newark, NJ at least . 1950 – 1965

  • Mark:   PROBST, 1/20 12K G.F.  Courtesy Lilly Vittetow

 

PSCO See PLAINVILLE STOCK CO.

 

PUCCINI

  • Mark:   Puccini     Photo courtesy ID: justabunchawildflowers

 

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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