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COSTUME JEWELRY MARKS – W*
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see Webster Company.
“W” in a triangle — See WHITE, J.J.
W. & D. — See WHITING & DAVIS
W.E. — See STERN, LOUIS
W.H.H. — See W.H. HASELER
W.H. Haseler — Birmingham, England
- Mark: W.H.H. Courtesy Carolyn Sunday.
- Founded in 1870 by William Hair Haseler.
W. & H. JEWELRY CO., Inc. — Providence, RI c. 1965
- Mark: Harwood first used April 1937.
- Mark: Harwood Leading Lady Courtesy Lilly Vittetow
- Mark: Leading Lady used since June 1940.
- Mark: Leading Band first used August 1940.
- Mark: Co-Star first used 1940. (Dolan) Photo courtesy Simply Sharon.
- Mark: Tiny Jewels since 1940 (Dolan)
- Mark: WH (co-joined) Courtesy Barbara Schwartz
- Mark: W & H
- Mark: Jack ‘N Jill
- Date: Providence, RI c. 1965
WAITE EVANS — See STERN, LOUIS
WALBURT — See LAMPL, WALTER
- Mark: Photo courtesy ID: justabunchawildflowers
- Mark: Warner
- Mark: Joseph Warner Courtesy Mary Ann Docktor-Smith
- Dates: c. 1950s-1970s
- Owner — Joseph Warner.
WARNER NEW YORK
- Mark: Warner New York Courtesy eclecticgramma
W. E. RICHARDS — See RICHARDS, W.E.
WEBSTER COMANY -1879 – Attleboro, MA
- Mark: Sterling & the logo
- Founded by George K. Webster.
- Mark: Photo courtesy Cathy Gordon.
- Mark: Her personal studio jewelry was signed “Marion Weeber” Photo courtesy Cheri Van Hoover.
- Notes: Weeber designed jewelry for Coro 1940 – 1941.
- Notes: She also designed whimsical plastic buttons during the 1940’s.
WEINREICH BROTHERS — See MARVELLA
WEISS — ALBERT WEISS & CO., INC., NY, NY — 1942-1971 (Wice — like “rice”)
- Mark: Albert Weiss New York Photo courtesy Glitz & Glitter Boutique.
- Mark: Weiss N.Y. Courtesy Linn Alber
- Mark: Weiss — first used1951
- Mark: ©Weiss
- Tags were also marked A.W.Co.
- Mark: Jewels by Albert Weiss & AWCo, with a “W” crown on a brooch card Courtesy RCJ
- Mark: Pieces have been seen with both “TOP” and “Weiss” on them. Photo courtesy of eclecticgramma.
- Mark: Weiss/Weissco first used 1947
- Mark: WEISSCO – first used 1947 Photo courtesy of Jennifer from Jennifer Lynn’s Timeless Jewelry.
- Mark: WEISSCO NY Courtesy of Lyn Peightal
Notes: Identical rhinestone clips have been found — one marked Weiss and one marked Weissco. Front of clips Back of clips
Thanks to Plenty O’[email protected] for sharing proof that WEISSCO was an Albert Weiss mark and for much of the other Weiss information contained here.
Note: Weiss did not design all of their jewelry, and manufactured none of it. Some items were made for Weiss by Hollycraft, including Christmas trees. Have ads from 1954 thru 1966
- Mark: Weiss Sterling 925 Mex and in the center it either says SIII or 1115 Photo courtesy Paula Robinson.
- Date: c. May 1964
- Mark: Wells
- Manufactured: Pierced earrings
- Special Notes: Have ads from 1964 & 1965
WELLS INC., Attleboro, MA 1922 — 1978
- Mark: Wells 14K GF Courtesy Norma Adams
- Mark: Photo courtesy Glitz & Glitter Boutique.
- Mark: Wells 10K G.F. Photo courtesy Linda Lange.
- Mark: Wells Sterling Photo courtesy eclectic gramma.
- Notes: 1977 combined with Benrus to become Wells Benrus Corp.
- Terminated: Left the jewelry industry in 1978.
WENDY GELL — See GELL, WENDY
WERTHEIMER, E.K. c.1930 to at least 1972; NY, NY
- Mark: A Werthley Creation 1930
- Mark: Werthley Whipoos 1946
- Mark: Tween-age Jewelry
WERTHLEY WHIPOOS — See WERTHEIMER
WEST GERMANY / WESTERN GERMANY — See GERMANY
WHIRLAWAY — See CORO
WHITE BLUSH — See TRIFARI
WHITE COPPER BY RENOIR — See RENOIR
WHITE, J.J.; Providence, RI; 1896 – at least until 1978
- Mark: “W” in a triangle Courtesy Lee Caplan
- Mark: Crusader
- Mark: Helgen Mfg. Co.
- Mark: Letter “H” with small triangle above and below the letter.
- Mark: Horoscope
WHITE JET— See DALSHEIM
WHITE METAL CASTER’S ASSOC., INC., NY, NY
- Mark: WMCA — first used June 1930 Photo courtesy Stefanie Brawner.
- Mark: WMCA Courtesy Richard Hanson
- Mark: WMCA Courtesy Jessica Hope
WHITE MFG. Co. — North Attleboro, MA
- Mark: WhiteCo — first used in 1928. Photo courtesy Lilly Vittetow.
WHITING, FRANK M. — N. Attleboro, MA – C. 1878 — c. 1960
- Mark: Griffin holding a shield with a “W” on it. Not used after 1896.
- Mark: first used 1896 Courtesy RCJ
- Notes: Made Sterling flatware; accessories such as bookmarks, etc. Don’t know if they made any jewelry. Thanks to Carolyn Davis for bringing this info to our attention.
WHITING AND DAVIS — WHITING & DAVIS CO., Plainville, MA
- Mark: Whiting & Davis Chain Co., first used Nov. 1926
- Mark: Whiting Davis Photo courtesy Simply Sharon.
- Mark: Alumesh
- Mark: Beadite
- Mark: Perlimesh
- Mark: Mesh-Mates c 1950 courtesy Joan Elias Vogel.
- Mark: Courtesy eclecticgramma
- Logo on a presentation box — RCJ
- Mark: Oromesh Courtesy Sandra Carroll; see Mesh Mates card above
- Mark: Bracelet was found with both these marks on it, but can find no information. Courtesy Cathy Corday
- Rainwater states that the following marks were discontinued by 1915:
- Mark: W. & D.
- Mark: Alice Nielsen
- Mark: Florodoro
- Mark: Yo San
- Notes: They stopped making non-mesh jewelry in 1980. They stopped making mesh jewelry in 1991. (Updated information needed here mll 20191016)
WHITNEY, FRANNY c. Dec. 1967
- Manufactured: Sculptured jewelry.
WHITESIDE & BLANK
- Mark: Arrow through a “C” or crescent Photo courtesy RCJ
- Mark: Letter “C” with an arrow through it side to side.
- Dates: 1903 – 1986
- Founded: Henry Blank
- Location: Newark, NJ
- Notes: Original firsm was N.E. Whiteside & Co. (1890), which became Whiteside & Blank in 1903
- Notes: Became Henry Blank & Co. in 1917.
WIESNER OF MIAMI, INC., Miami Beach, FL — c. 1953
WIESNER, JOSEPH — New York – until at least 1954
- Mark: Wiesner
- Mark: Joseph Wiesner N.Y. Photo courtesy Beth Rowlands.
- Mark: Astra c. 1950s. Courtesy Linda Lombardo
- Notes: Listed in a 1954 brochure of an accessories show at the Hotel McAlpin in New York.
- Doesn’t appear to be related to Wiesner of Miami, which produced compacts and purse accessories along with some jewelry marked in script font with a fancy W.
- Appears to have had offices in both New York and Los Angeles according to 1953 Jewelers’ Buyers Guide (source Costume Jewelry 101 by Julia C. Carroll).
WILD BRYDE JEWELRY — El Sobrante, CA — 1980 to present
- Mark: Wild Bryde Courtesy Carol Hearn
- Mark: WB Courtesy justabunchawildflowers
- Mark: Wild Bryde Courtesy
- Notes: Jewelry is based on nature and animals. Hand-hammered base metal is recycled brass which is then plated in either 14k gold or rhodium.
- Founded by artists Mike Warner and Tracy Holzman; now owned by Mike Warner.
WILLITTS DESIGNS INTERNATIONAL
Mark: Photo courtesy Matt & Patti Ribarich
- Mark: Willets Design
- Dates: 1984 to present
- Location: Petaluma, CA
- Notes: Mail order company who sold gifts, ornaments, collectibles and general merchandise.
- Notes: Appears to have been purchased by Department 56.
WINARD – until at least 1954
- Mark: Winard 1/20 – 12 KGF Courtesy RCJ
- Mark: Photo courtesy ID: justabunchawildflowers.
- Mark: Photo courtesy justabunchawildflowers.
- Notes: Listed in a 1954 brochure of an accessories show at the Hotel McAlpin in NY
WIND, JOHN — Philadelphia, PA — contemporary artist
- Mark: Maximal Art — 1985; commercial line of John Wind Courtesy Cindy Amirkhan
- Notes: He started the John Wind Signature Collection in 2004.
WINGBACK — See MCCANN, JUDITH
WMCA — See WHITE METAL CASTER’S ASSOC
- Mark: Nina Wolf
- Notes: Have ads from 1943, 1946
WOLPERT, LUDWIG — (1900-1981)
- Mark: WOLPERT Photo & information courtesy Laura Libio.
- Notes: Silversmith designer of Judaica, who worked exclusively for the Jewish Museum in New York.
WOOD, J.R. — See J.R. WOOD
WOOD NYMPH — See CORO
WORN THE MOST FROM COAST TO COAST — See CORO
WRE — See W. E. RICHARDS CO.
WRISTACRAT — See LOUIS STERN CO., INC.
PAT SEAL: research files
DOTTY STRINGFIELD: research files
BOBYE SYVERSON: research files.
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