Researching Costume Jewelry History, Companies and Signatures – “J”August 24, 2019
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- Mark: K & T
- Used on cards: Pins with Personality c. 1997
- Used on cards: Barrettes with Personality c. 1997
KABANA — Albuquerque, NM — 1975 until present
- Mark: Kabana Sterling Courtesy justabunchawildflowers
- Founded by Stavros Eleftheriou.
KAFIN — New York — July 6, 1946 to December 16, 1963.
- Mark: Kafin New York Photo courtesy Cindy Amirkhan. Photo courtesy Lilly Vittetow
- Mark: Kafin in script
KAHN, NATALIE — c. 1954
- Bead jewelry, shell jewelry, tailored metal with rhinestones.
- Mark: KYLO 925 Photo courtesy Erik Yang.
- Contemporary Hong Kong/Manhattan jewelry designer.
- Mark: Kalinger © Paris Photo courtesy Lilly Vittetow
- Dates: 1986
- Owner: Catherine Martinez
- Location: France
- Have ad from 1941
KANDELL & MARCUS
- Mark: Kandell & Marcus N.Y. Photo courtesy Rosie Dyer.
KANTOR NOVELTY — NY, NY — c. 1942 – ?
- Mark: Kantor Novelty Courtesy Mary Ann Docktor-Smith
- Mark: Jewelplast 1942
KAPLAN, MORRIS AND SONS, CO. — NY
- Mark: Marquette Creations first used 1926, reg. 1947. Registration reads: ” (Diamonds and precious and
semi-precious stones; finger rings, earrings, pendants, bracelets and chokers, all made of or designed to simulate precious or semi-precious metal). Courtesy Plenty O’Jewels@Rubylane.
- Contemporary artist
- Mark: KL
- Mark: KL in script Photo courtesy Erik Yang.
KARST— German — early 1900s
- Mark: Karst 800 Courtesy Cathy Gordon
KARU — KAUFMAN & RUDERMAN, INC. — NY, NY — c. 1940s — 1970s?
- Mark: Karu first used in 1940
- Mark: On necklace “Karu Arke, made in W. Germany” foil tag; hook marked “W. Germany”; paper tag “The Anderson Newcomb Co.” Courtesy Pauline Lytle ID: spwalker10.
- Mark: Karu Arke
- Mark: Karu Arke Inc. Courtesy Dad’s Pottery
- Mark: Karu Fifth Avenue Photo courtesy Laura Libio.
- Mark: Karu Sterling Courtesy Carolyn Newhouse
KATE HINES — See HINES, KATE
KATERINA MUSETTI DESIGNS — since 1990s
- Contemporary designer
- Mark: Katerina Musetti Designs Courtesy Katerina Musetti
KAYE DENNING — See DENNING
KAYWIN NOVELTY CO. — c. 1933
- Mark: Photo courtesy Pam Wiggins.
- Founded by Daniel Kasoff and Weiner before Kasoff started Florenza on his own. — Info courtesy Jan Gaughan.
KENNETH J. LANE — See LANE, KENNETH
KERR, RICHARD — Dallas, TX — c. 1980
- Mark: Richard Kerr
KETCHAM & MCDOUGALL, INC. — New Jersey — c. 1875 to at least 2003
- Mark: Ketcham McDougall East Orange, NJ Photo courtesy Joan Sween.
- Notes: Original company founded in 1832 by John Roshore. It became Ketcham & McDougall around 1875.
- Known for thimbles, eyeglasses holders and fine jewelry.
KEYES — 1962- to at least 1999
- Mark: Keyes Photo courtesy Lee Caplan.
- Canadian company.
- Mark: Kim — first used 1956, registered 1979 (RCJ)
- Owner of mark: Kim Craftsmen, Ltd., NY, NY
KIRK, ALEXIS — c. 1970s
- Mark: Alexis Jewels hangtag Courtesy Julie Levine
- Contemporary designer who started in the 1970’s (per Frank DeLizza).
KIRK’S FOLLY — 1979 — present
- Mark: Kirk’s Folly Photo courtesy Debbie Robinson.
KIRSCHMAN, LEWIS — LEWIS KIRSCHMAN CO. INC. — c. 1947
- Mark: Old Crest Sterling Courtesy Lilly Vittetow
- Ad from 1947 says that the jewelry is bench made
KISTNER, F.N. — Chicago — 1905 – 2006
- Maker of fraternal jewelry.
- Mark: Tagged Accessocraft and Klein, as they did a line together. Photo courtesy Lilly Vittetow.
- Mark: Anne Klein Photo courtesy of Gail Gupton
- Mark: AK Courtesy RCJ
- Mark: Courtesy Claudia Harris
- Mark: Anne Klein for Carnegie — 1978
- Some Anne Klein jewelry was made by Swank, Inc. during the 1980s.
KLIK PROMOTIONS, INC. — NY — c.1950
- Mark: Double-Ette — used on box containing purse/glove holder.
- Mark: Klik – EtteS — first used 1952.
KLITZNER INDUSTRIES, INC. — Providence, RI — c.1910 to present (4/07)
- Mark: Cloisart — 1973, renewed 1995, now dead Courtesy RCJ
- Mark: Cloisart Courtesy Raefield Designs
- Mark: HPM — 1982, live — used mainly on non-jewelry items Courtesy RCJ
- Mark: Celebrating The Millennium 2000 Two Thousand Years — 1997, cancelled 2006 Courtesy RCJ
- Founded by Harry Klitzner.
KNOLL AND PREGIZER — Pforzheim, Germany — 1887 — 1975
- Mark: Sterling Germany KP
- Mark: 935 KP
- Mark: Germany Sterling 935 KP
- Mark: An enlargement of the “KP”
- Mark: Sterling Silver Birks KP Birks – high end jewelry store in Canada who evidently had Knoll & Pregizer make jewelry for
- Mark: KAPE — registered in 1938 & used on watches
- Mark: Lotos — mark used on watches
- Notes: Robin discovered a 1975 patent for a watch crystal registered by the company.
- Thanks to Robin Deutsch for the years of research that solved the “KP” mystery. All information and images are from Robin.
- Read Robin’s article on Knoll & Pregizer
- See pictures of Robin’s wonderful collection of Knoll & Pregizer jewelry, with more pictures of marks.
KOLLMAR & JOURDAN — Pforzheim, Germany
- Founded in 1885; Factory destroyed during WWII; rebuilt & in business until 1977.
- Mark: KJAG Photo courtesy Laura Libio.
- Mark: Rolled Gold, KJ with arrow through it, Germany Courtesy Emily Stone
- Mark: KJ with an arrow through it.
- Mark: Thief of Bagdad Korda
- Notes: This jewelry was mfg. by the Rice-Weiner Co. (see Rice-Weiner).
- The story about Korda giving these pieces of jewelry to the cast of “The Thief of Bagdad” after the movie was made is just a lovely myth, and not fact.
- Mark: Â© Alexander Korda
- Jewelry was also made based on “The Jungle Book” movie, marked Â© Alexander Korda. Korda was the director of the movie, but had nothing to do with the jewelry.
KRAMER — KRAMER JEWELRY CREATIONS — NY, Ny 1943 — c.1980
- Mark: Kramer first used 1943 Photo courtesy Simply Sharon.
- Mark: The Diamond Look (script) 1948
- Mark: Kramer Pat. Pend. Photo courtesy Jennifer from Jennifer Lynn’s Timeless Jewelry.
- With copyright mark, after 1955 Photo courtesy Bonnie Lynn Kirby.
- Mark: Kramer Sterling Photo courtesy Sheila Winters.
- Mark: Kramer, Made In Austria Two marks found on same brooch by Pat Seal.
- Mark: “K” inside a teardrop-shaped metal hangtag. – seen in a 1961 ad.
- Mark: The Diamond Look (block print) Photo courtesy Carol Ann O’Leary.
- Mark: Kramer of New York Photo courtesy Jenny Wren.
- Mark: Kramer New York Photo courtesy Plenty O’Jewels@Rubylane.
- Mark: Kramer of NY (found on pearls) Photo courtesy eclecticgramma.
- Mark: Christian Dior by Kramer Photo courtesy Jennifer from Jennifer Lynn’s Timeless Jewelry.
- Mark: The Golden Look (script) 1954 Courtesy Plenty O’Jewels.
- Mark: Perles de Lune — used on Kramer Pearl Jewelry from Sept. 1962
- Mark: Amourelle — by Frank Hess for Kramer — since 1963 — heart shaped plaque. Photo courtesy Cathy Gordon .
- Mark: Amourelle — by Frank Hess for Kramer Photo & info courtesy Cathy Gordon.
- Founded by Louis Kramer in 1943
- Thanks to Plenty O’Jewels for some of the above information.
KREISLER MFG. CORP. — 1913-at least 1977
- Mark: Kreisler
- Mark: Gold-Klad — 1921
- Notes: The Stern-Kreisler Jewelry Company founded in 1914 in NYC by Jacques Kreisler & Marcus Stern made fine jewelry.
- 1928 Tobias Stern (son of founder) and Jacques Kreisler form Kreisler Manufacturing Coporation.
- 1932 the Jacques Kreisler Manufacturing Corp. closes its doors.
- 1933 Tobias Stern and Jacques Kreisler restart the business of manufacturing watchbands.
- 1948 Kreisler expands its product line to include men’s and women’s jewelry
- 1952 The men’s and ladies jewelry line is discontinued.
- Not sure when they again started making jewelry.
- 1975 The jewelry division moves to St. Petersburg, FL.
- 1979 Kreisler closes its jewelry division .
- 1980 company moves into its current corporate offices in St. Petersburg, FL.
- Have ads from 1946 & 1947.
KREMALOY — See KREMENTZ
KREMENTZ — 1866 — 1997
- Mark: Heraldic (on a shield) 1930
- Mark: Krementz 1884
- Mark: Krementz Photo courtesy Jo-Ann Sturko.
- Mark: Krementz USA
- Mark: Bottom looks like a man’s handle-bar mustache and top looks a little like an umbrella or like an anchor Photo courtesy Sam & Yvonne Mitchell.
- Mark: Nu-Kay 1907
- Mark: Snap-Bar 1940
- Mark: Diana Photo courtesy Sam & Yvonne Mitchell.
- Mark: Kremaloy
- Mark: Krementz Plate
- Mark: Krementz Made in USA Courtesy Sam & Yvonne Mitchell
- Mark: Krementz Plate (on early 1900’s MOP cufflinks) Photo courtesy Plenty O’Jewels
- Mark: Krementz (script)–now being used
- Notes: In 2000, Richard Krementz said the firm had also sold under the names: Shiman, McTeigue, and Jones & Woodland.
- Until 1878 the firm’s sales were confined to the jobbing trade.
- In 1997 they sold “Krementz” to Colibri and some of their other lines were sold to other companies.
- Today, the Krementz family still manufactures 18k and platinum jewelry with exotic colored gemstones in Newark under the name Richard Krementz Gemstones.
- See a Krementz timeline
PAT SEAL: research files
DOTTY STRINGFIELD: research files
BOBYE SYVERSON: research files.
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