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

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COSTUME JEWELRY MARKS – M*

 

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M

  See CRYSTAL BRANDS

 

M — See I. MICHELSON

 

M in squareSee I. MICHELSON

 

M in a triangle — See MAYER, L. S.

 

MC superimposed — See I. MICHELSON

 

MC block letters — See CHUVEN, MURRY 

 

M with backwards C        see Marsala

 

M.E. See MARY ELLEN STEWART

 

M McF — See MARY MCFADDEN

 

M & M DESIGNS FLA.— New Smyrna Beach, Florida 1993-present

  • Mark:   M&M Designs Fla.
  • Mark:   Stanley Hagler N.Y.C.
  • M&M Designs is the mark of Mark Mercy who began working for Stanley Hagler in 1979.
  • Moved to Florida with Hagler in the 1980s. Continued to design for Hagler as well as making jewelry under his own M&M Designs brand beginning in the early 1990s.
  • Continued to use the M&M mark as well as the Hagler mark on his jewelry designs after 1996 when Hagler died.
  • Learn more about how to identify Mark Mercy’s Hagler pieces through this article by Pamela Wiggins Siegel: Identifying Stanley Hagler, Ian St. Gielar and Mark Mercy Costume Jewelry Using Marks.
  •  
    Added 5/21/21 by Pamela Wiggins Siegel
     

    M. & S. MFG. CO. INC. — Providence, RI c 1950

    • Mark:   M&S 1/20 12K GF     Courtesy Judie – ID: hunnie
    • Mark:   Phyllis Originals  Presentation box  Courtesy Nanette Alcock
    • Mark:   Phyllis in unslanted script first used June 1946
    • Mark:   Sterling Phyllis      Photo courtesy Laura Libio.
    • Mark:   “Scitarelli Creations by Phyllis” inside original presentation box; pendant marked “M&S 1/20 12K GF”    Courtesy Judie – ID: hunnie
    • Mark:   Scitarelli on a circle plate   
    • Mentioned in Jewelers Circular in 1950.

     

    MACCIARINI CREATIONS  — San Francisco, CA c. 1940s – present

    • Mark:   “Macc” hand stamped or hand engraved.
    • Peter Macciarini first made jewelry in 1936, but didn’t open his own business until WWII ended.
    • He considered his jewelry avant-garde and was considered a major representative of Modernism American studio jewelry.
    • Peter’s son Daniel started training with his father in 1962.
    • Daniel, also an artist, has run the company since his father’s death in 2001.

     

    MADE IN BRITAIN — See ENGLAND

     

    MADE IN ENGLAND — See ENGLAND

     

    MADEIRA CREATIONS c. 1960s

    • Mark:   HMS inside a crown      Courtesy Lilly Vittetow      Courtesy Lilly Vittetow

     

    MAGIC EYE (script) — See CORO

     

    MAH JONGG — See CORO

     

    MAHARANI — See CORO

     

    MAISON DAVID — See FREIRICH

     

    MAJORICA  — See BENNETT, DANIEL

     

    MAMIE — See CORO

     

    MAMSELLE — See B. B. GREENBERG CO.

     

    MANDEL, DAVID New York, New York – Early 1990s to present

    • Mark:   The Show Must Go On!
    • Apprenticed with Larry Vrba.
    • Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) “Artist in Residence” for 2013. Jewelry was also featured in the MAD exhibit of Barbara Berger’s jewelry collection in 2013-2014.
    • Updated 5/19/21 by Pamela Wiggins Siegel

     

    MANDLE — Urie Mandle Corp. NY, NY

    • Mark:   URo Creationsfirst used June 1946
    • Founded in 1938 with partner Nat Levy 
    • Company dissolved during WW2
    • Urie was a partner in Lisner jewelry c. 1930.

     

    MANDLE — R. MANDLE COMPANY

    • Mark:   R. Mandle     Photo courtesy Luda Tovey.
    • Mark:   Mandle with ©     Photo courtesy Beth Rowlands.
    • Mark:   ©R. Mandle with a crown over the “a” and “n”.     Photo courtesy RCJ.
    • Mark:   R. Mandle hangtag        Photo courtesy Pretty Snazzy.
    • Mark:   ©Mandle with crown over the “n”     Courtesy Geri Makris.
    • Founded by Robert Mandle, the son of Urie Mandle, in 1956
    • Robert retired in the 1990s and Gem-Craft acquired his master molds and use of his designs.

     

    MANIFOLD 1934 See PROVIDENCE STOCK COMPANY

     

    MARATHON — MARATHON CO.  Attleboro, Mass. 1907 to present (2/05)

    • Mark:   Marathon used since Jan. 1914
    • Mark:   12K GF Marathon  
    • Mark:   Kiddie Kraft
    • Mark:   Teen Kraft
    • Mark:   Sub-Deb
    • Mark:   Ladyette
    • Mark:   Perma-Plate
    • Mark:   Dolly Madison     Photo courtesy Cyndy Threadgill.
    • Mark:   Marathon with an arrow through it inside of diamond shapefirst used Aug. 1909
    • Still active in 1949.
    • Founded in 1907 as the Attleboro Chain Co.; incorporated in 1922 under present name.
    • 1965 ad says, “Quality Jewelry Since 1897”

     

    MARBOUXSee BOUCHER

     

    MARCEL BOUCHER — See BOUCHER

     

    MARCELLE ORIGINALS — See MARSELLA, JULIO

     

    MARESCO c.1970s-1980s

    • Mark:   Maresco     Courtesy Mary Puncec

     

    MARHILL

    • Mark:   Marhill c. 1940     Photo courtesy Lilly Vittetow.
    • Mark:    Marhill ~ Fashioned on 5th Ave. N.Y.
    • Mark:   An Original By Marhill
    • Mark:   Marhill-Made in Japan.
    • Mark:         Photo courtesy Lyn Peightal.
    • Marhill earrings on card     Photo courtesy Lyn Peightal.
    • Marhill imported Japanese-made mother-of-pearl smoking accessories, compacts, and a small amount of jewelry.  Information courtesy Rebecca Fransway.
    • The Marhill Co., MOP jewelry, was listed in a 1954 accessories show brochure.

     

    MARINO MFG. CO. Providence, RIc. 1957- 1983

    • Mark:   MARINO in block print    Photo courtesy Lee Caplan

     

    MARINO — MARINO JEWELRY CO. INC. Pawtucket, RI 1932 -?

    • Mark:   Marino in script
    • Notes: According to Sept. 1978, Vogue ad, they have been making jewelry since 1932

     

    MARJOLEIN BASTIN — See Bastin

     

    MARK DOTTENHEIM — See DOTTENHEIM, MARK

     

    MARIE FERRA — See FERRA

     

    MARNER Providence, RI 1946-1957

    • Mark: Marner (mostly sterling silver with enameling or gold wash)
    • Mark:   Julio Marsella     Photo courtesy Pam Brooks.
    • Mark: Jewels by Julio
    • Made heart-shaped lampworked glass stones used in jewelry marked Julio Marsella and Jewels by Julio. Same stones were used in jewelry made for Hobe’, Hattie Carnegie, and Kramer as well. Stones were advertised as “Mayorka Petals” by Hobe’ in an advertisement dated 1962. Marner ceased operations in 1957, however, so those stones were likely from previously warehoused stock.
    • Added 5/19/21 by Pamela Wiggins Siegel

     

    MARQUE DEPOSE — means registered mark

     

    MARQUETT CREATIONS — See KAPLAN, MORRIS

     

    MARSALA MANUFACTURING Columbus, OH c. 1987 – present

    • Mark:   M with backwards C 1987  
    • Mark:   M with backwards C 2009  
      Thanks to Patrick Dolan for the information.

     

    MARSAND CREATIONS c. 1954

    • Listed in a 1954 brochure of an accessories show at the Hotel McAlpin in NY

     

    MARSEL, LORRAINE See FLORENZA

     

    MARSELLA, JULIO J. See MARNER

     

    MARSLIEU — MARK OF THE IMPERIAL PEARL CO. INC. Providence, RI. see Imperial Pearl

     

    MARVE-STAR See MARVELLA

     

    MARVEL JEWELRY MANUFACTURING CO. Providence, RI at least 1942

    • Mark:   TOOTSIE since 1948, mostly for bracelets.
    • Mark:      since 1942   Courtesy Plenty O’ Jewels.
    • Mark:   Sterling Marvel     Courtesy eclecticgramma

     

    MARVELLA — WEINREICH BROS. NY, NY  1911-present

    • Mark:   L’Opera 1928
    • Mark:   Marvella Zenith Quality 1939
    • Mark:   Marvella Minerva Quality 1939
    • Mark:   Lisanda since 1940
    • Mark:   Chiffon 1941
    • Mark:   Marvellissimo 1948
    • Mark:   Marvella Pearl Nuggets 1948
    • Mark:   Marvella Fabulous 1949
    • Mark:   Knight’s Collar used since 1949 for pearl jewelry
    • Mark:   Natura “95” 1954
    • Mark:   Spin-It 1955
    • Mark:   Marvella with copyright mark, after 1955       Photos courtesy RCJ
    • Mark:   Marvella first used after 1911     Courtesy RCJ
    • Mark:   Date Timer 1956
    • Mark:   Maturelle 1957
    • Mark:   Freshura 1958
    • Mark:   Marvellesque 1958
    • Mark:   Marvellette 1958
    • Mark:   Marvellier 1958
    • Mark:   Hi-Rise 1958
    • Mark:   Dynasty first used about June 1959
    • Mark:   Marvelustre 1960
    • Mark:   Marvelique 1961
    • Mark:   Marvella Coutura 1961
    • Mark:   Marvella Pearlescent 1961
    • Mark:   Marva-Star 1963
    • Mark:   Lisanda
    • Mark:   Neptune 1939
    • Mark:   Venus
    • Notes: [1982-2000: a division of the Monet Group]
    • Monet Group, which includes Trifari and Marvella was bought by Liz Claiborne in July 2000 and moved out of the country

     

    MARVELLESQUE — See MARVELLA

     

    MARVELLETTE — See MARVELLA

     

    MARVELIQUE — See MARVELLA

     

    MARVELLISSIMO — See MARVELLA

     

    MARVELUSTRE — See MARVELLA

     

    MARY ELLEN STEWART — See STEWART, MARY ELLEN

     

    MARY MCFADDEN

    • Mark:        Courtesy Kathy Taylor
    • Contemporary designer

     

    MARYSE BLANCHARD — Paris — 1950s – 1970s

    • Mark:   Modele Maryse Blanchard, Paris (from European Designer Jewelry by Ginger Moro)      Courtesy Cat Thompson.
    • She designed jewelry for couture houses and for her own line.

     

    MASTER — See SILVERMAN

     

    MASTER-CRAFT — MASTER-CRAFT NOVELTY CORP. — NY, NY

    • Mentioned in JC-K in 1943
    • Have ad from 1947

     

    MATISSE, LTD. c. Dec. 1952 — See RENOIR

     

    MATSUMOTO, KUNIO — See TRIFARI

     

    MATURELLE — See MARVELLA

     

    MAURICE JACOBS — See JACOBS, MAURICE

     

    MAURICE MILLEUR — See MILLEUR

     

    MAXANN MFTG. CO., INC.  Providence, RI

    • Mark:   Maxann seen in Keystone in 1950      Photo courtesy Alison’s Antiques & Vintage Jewelry on Ruby Lane

     

    MAXIMAL ART See WIND, JOHN

     

    MAYA

    • Mark:        Courtesy Kaye Aaroe Barbieri
    • Runway jewelry from the late 1980’s or early 1990’s (Liz Bryman).

     

    MAYER, L.S.

    • Mark: Letter “M” in a triangle
    • Dates: c. 1930
    • Location: Pforzheim, Germany
    • Notes: Jewelry wholesaler

     

    MAYFAIR JEWELRY CO. c. 1954

    • Listed in a 1954 brochure of an accessories show at the Hotel McAlpin in NY

     

    MAYO, ROBERT — c. Jan. 1967

     

    MAZER / MAZER BROS.— 1923-1981

    • Mark:   Sea-Maze used for artificial pearls since 1929
    • Mark:   Mystere script, since 1949
    • Mark:   Joseph Mazer     Photo courtesy Beth Rowlands.
    • Mark:   Mazer Bros 1926-1951.
    • Mark:   Mazer Sterling      Photo courtesy Cathy Gordon.
    • Mark:   Mazer Bros.     Courtesy Evelyn Phillips
    • Mark:   Jomaz 1946-1981      Photo courtesy Ann Robinson – ID: 9am.;    (after 1955 with©)     Photo courtesy Cathy Gordon.
    • Mark:   Joseph Mazer used “Mazer” from 1946-1981       Photo courtesy ID: justabunchawildflowers.
    • Mark:   Mazer Tag    Courtesy Sue Sinclair
    • Mark:   Thierry Mugler for Mazer 1978
    • Mark:   Adolfo for Mazer         Courtesy AJ’s Antiques & Art Gallery
    • Mark:   Sandi Miller for Mazer
    • Founded by Joseph Mazer and his brother Louis. Made shoe buckles beginning in 1923 and then costume jewelry production began in 1927. Brothers split in mid-1940s. Jewelry made before the split was marked MAZER. The mark MAZER BROS. was used on jewelry from 1946-1952.
    • Louis Mazer continued to operate the original costume jewelry business after the brothers split with the help of his son Nat. The company ceased operation in 1952, the same year Louis Mazer passed away.
    • Joseph Mazer owned a fine jewelry company, Joseph Mazer Co., prior to partnering with his brother as early as 1920, according to The Jewelers’ Circular. When the brothers split his company began making costume jewelry marked Jomaz. Joseph Mazer was the president of the company and his son Lincoln was the vice president according to The Standard Advertising Register in 1960. Joseph Mazer died in 1976, and his son Matthew continued to produce Jomaz jewelry as part of the Joseph Mazer Co. until the 1980s. Interviews with Matthew Mazer referencing costume jewelry appear in numerous newspaper articles dating to the 1970s.
    • Updated 3/10/2020 by Pamela Wiggins Siegel

     

    MB with the phrygian cap — see BOUCHER

     

    MCCANN, JUDITH NY, NY

    • Mark:   Judith McCann
    • Mark:   Judith McCann Designs      Courtesy Denise M Dougherty.
    • Mark:   Wingback
    • According to 2 Vogue ads form 1955 & 1959, she designed wingback earrings & the shuvon clasp — an ornamental fastening, while being part of the design, makes possible many arrangements of one necklace for neck, wrist or hair.
    • “Wingback” is a trademark of Wingback Inc. founded in New York. Wingback patent was applied for by Judith McCann in 1944 and granted in 1947 — patent #2414382; Judith McCann Designs was a division of Wingback Inc.   (Danecraft Co. and Coro also used the Wingback on some of their earrings.)
    • Judith McCann retired from her company in 1964 due to health concerns and died in 1965, but Judith McCann Designs stayed in business.
    • Judith McCann Designs merged with several other companies in 1975 to form Elle Designs.

     

    MCCLELLAND BARCLAY See BARCLAY, MCCLELLAND

     

    MCGRATH-HAMIN INC. Providence, RI 1907 – Vagas bought in 1980

    • Mark:   M-H – 1951with arrows pointing to each side   Courtesy Lilly Vittetow
    • Mark:   Little Princess – 1958
    • Mark:    SILHOUETTES OF LOVE – 1977
    • Mark:   V- Garden – 1976
    • Mark:   MH in round mark – 1976  
    • Mark:   Cuff Vertibles – 1972   
    • Mark:   DIAM-O-BRITE – 1971
    • Mark:   KARATGEM – 1971
    • Mark:   Samart Creations   
    • Notes: Since 1907-1951 as Thomas McGrath,
    • 1951 –  McGrath-Hamin, Inc.
    • Purchased by Vargas in 1980.

     

    MEDICI, LEAH AND LAUREN — See TWO SISTERS

     

    ME-TO-YOU BY TRIFARI — See TRIFARI

     

    MEMORIES OF LIFE (script) — See CORO

     

    MERCY, MARK — See M & M DESIGNS FLA.

     

    MERKSAMER — See FRED MEYER JEWELERS

     

    METALITE (script) — See CORO

     

    MELTZER, BEN

    • Mark:   Ben Meltzer Inc. NY   Photo courtesy Karen Bird.

     

    MEYER BROS. Seattle, WA

    • Mark:   Fashion Art since 1957      Courtesy Cindy Amirkhan

     

    MEYER, FRED — See FRED MEYER

     

    MEYER, JOSEPH H. See JOSEPH H. MEYER

     

    MEYER, N. S. — See N. S. MEYER

     

    MICHAEL OSTER See OSTER, MICHAEL

     

    MICHELSEN, ANTON Danish

    • Mark:   AM inside a triangle with a crown above.   Info courtesy Jennifer Lynn’s Timeless Jewelry.

     

    I. MICHELSON NY, NY 1884 until at least 1931, perhaps later

    • Mark:     MC superimposed
    • Mark:      “M”
    • Later became I. Michelson & Sons.
    • Mark:     M in a square – mark of I. Michelson & Sons.

     

    MIDG-ETTE — See ANSON

     

    MIFAVORITE — See PROVIDENCE STOCK COMPANY

     

    MILHAM, BETTY c. Dec. 1965

     

    MILLER, HARRICE SIMMONS

    • Mark:   HSM

     

    MILLER, NOLAN

    • Mark:   Photo courtesy ID: justabunchawildflowers.

     

    MILLEUR, MAURICE New Orleans & MS Gulf Coast

    • Mark:        Courtesy RCJ
    • Contemporary designer who works in pewter
    • Trade name Pewter Graphics, Inc.

     

    MIMI DI N 1960 to at least 1995

    • Mark:   Mimi Di N     Photo courtesy Stefanie Brawner.
    • Mark:   Mimi Di N with a date [after c.1970]   
    • Mark:   Bracelet was found with both these marks on it, but can find no information.        Courtesy Cathy Corday
    • Mark:   Mimi Di N © 1995     Courtesy Renee’ Burch
    • Mimi di Niscemi worked with Arnold Scassi, Robert DeMario and Brania before opening her own company in 1960.

     

    MING JEWELRY

    •   Mark:   Ming’s Sterling Photo courtesy Pat Seal
    • Mark: Ming’s
    • Dates: 1941 to 1999
    • Founded: Wook Moon
    • Location: Honolulu, Hawaii

     

    MIRACLE — First production by A HILL AND COMPANY (Birmingham) LTD.  England 1946 to present

    • Costume Jewelry:
    • Mark:   Miracle    Photo courtesy Darlyn     Courtesy RCJ
    • Mark:   Miracle A
    • Mark:   Miracle AB
    • Mark:   Miracle AS
    • Mark:   Miracle Anglo-Saxon
    • Mark:   Miracle Britain   “Britain” portion of the mark     Photo courtesy Jo-Ann Sturko.
    • Mark:   Mirac Britn
    • Mark:   A Miracle Creation
    • Mark:   Miracle R
    • Mark:   Miracle ®
    • Mark:   Miracle V
    • Mark:   Miracle Viking
    • Mark:   Miracle (+ a number)
    • Mark:   Celtic Jewelry + (in Irish Gaelic) Made in England

    Costume jewelry made for Solvar (Sol D’Or):

    • Mark:   Miracle
    • Mark:   SOL D’OR Miracle
    • Mark:   SOL D’OR     Photo courtesy Pam Brooks
    • Mark:   SOL D’OR BRITAIN

    Sterling silver:

    • Mark:   Miracle, AH, plus 2 marks of the Edinburgh mint (castle & thistle) & date letter code used on silver jewelry.     Courtesy Carole Morris
    • Mark:   Made in Scotland hangtag     Photo courtesy Jo Ann Sturko.
    • Mark:   Miracle, Mizpah        Courtesy Carole Morris
    • A Hill & Co. made costume, Sterling and low carat gold pieces.
    • A very small amount of their jewelry is NOT signed.
    • Shiman Bros. & Albert S. Samuel probably distributed A. Hill products in the US, that already had the Miracle signature on them.
    • They had a small factory in Coldstream, Scotland from 1969 to 1980
    • English company who made pieces signed MIZPAH with the heart & arrow signature was Quarrier Ward & Ward Brothers. Designs of this company and A. Hill were acquired by the Miracle company.
    • The company name was changed to Miracle Jewellery Ltd. in January, 2006.
    • In May 2013 Miracle moved to Cornwall where it is now being made by St Justin using the same processes and finishes that were being used in Birmingham. (Source: Miracle Jewellery website.)
    • Butler and Wilson never made any Miracle jewelry.
    • Most information provided by Carole Morris: Miracle Jewelry Collectors
    • Updated 2/24/2020 by Pamela Wiggins Siegel

     

    MIRIAM HASKELL — See HASKELL, MIRIAM

     

    MISS HATTIE — See CARNEGIE

     

    MITCHEL MAER — See DIOR, CHRISTIAN

     

    MITCHELL’S JEWELRY NY late 1940s until late 1960s

    • Mark:   FAM — initials of the Mitchell’s children
    • Only marked their jewelry for a short time, so most was unmarked.
    • Information from Mrs. Mitchell provided to RCJ by Sammie.

     

    MIZPAH — See MIRACLE

     

    MJ ENT — MJ ENTERPRISES — Cranston, RI c. 1977 present

    • Mark:   MJ ENT      Courtesy Myrtle Pilgreen.

     

    MMA — METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART

    • Mark:   MMA

     

    MODE ART See ART

     

    MODERNE BEAUTY See PROVIDENCE STOCK COMPANY — 1934 

     

    MOINI, IRADJ( ee’ -radj-uh moy’ nee )

    • Mark:   Photo courtesy Erik Yang.
    • Mark: Iradj Moini for Oscar de la Renta
    •   Contemporary designer with studio in New York. Fled Iran in the late 1970s during the revolution. Studied architecture in Buffalo, New York. Established as a jewelry designer in New York City by 1989.
    • Known for handmade, oversized jewelry made using semi-precious gemstones and vintage Czech crystals set in gold- or platinum-plated wire metalwork.
    • Designed both runway and retail jewelry for Oscar de la Renta before branching out on his own.

    Updated 3/20/2020 by Pamela Wiggins Siegel
     

    MONET — See Monocraft Products Co., Inc. (Mo-nay)

     

    MONIES / GERDA LYNGGAARD Copenhagen, Denmark 1973 to present

    • Mark:   Gerda Lynggaard Monies   Photo courtesy Myrna Seale.
    • Mark:   Gerda Lynggaard for Monies Copenhagen    Courtesy Judy Miller
    • Mark:   Monies     Courtesy Judy Miller
    • Mark:        Courtesy Judy Miller
    • Some pieces were only marked with a paper tag.
    • Gerda Lynggaard and Nicolai Monies met in jewelry fabrication school. Both are classical metalsmiths. They started their jewelry business in 1973.
    • They use many natural materials like bone, horn, wood, leather, and different types of shell in their jewelry along with metals and resins.
    • They have collaborated with Chanel, Christian Lacroix, and Donna Karan.
    • Monies boutiques are located in France, Italy and Turkey, and pieces are sold through other retailers around the globe.
    • Karl and Niels Monies, sons of Gerda and Nikolai, are now part of the family-owned business.
    • Monies was recognized as brand of the year at the Elle style awards in 2019.
    • Updated 4/24/2020 by Pamela Wiggins Siegel

     

    MONOCRAFT PRODUCTS CO., INC. 1927

    • Mark:   Monocraft- first used by Monocraft Products in 1927; mark registered in 1952; mark renewed in 1972; now dead (US Trademark site)
    • Mark:   Monet mark first used in 1937 by Monocraft Products (US Trademark site)  
    • Mark:   Monet Jewelers     Photo courtesy Sam & Yvonne Mitchell.
    • Mark:  MONET     Photo courtesy Deb Schneider
    • Mark:   Monet Sterling     Courtesy Jim Katz
    • Mark:   Monet Pat. Pend.   
    • Mark:   Monet Jewelry tag     Courtesy Jim Katz
    • Mark:   Monet  
    • Mark:   Monet with copyright, after 1955      Courtesy of K Paxson
    • Mark:   Monet tag  
    • Mark:   Ciani 1997; abandoned 2000  
    • Notes: Monocraft (parent company of Monet) was founded by Michael and Jay Chernow in New York in 1927 and the name was used into the 1970s.
    • Purchased by General Mills in 1968
    • From 19891994 it was a subsidiary of Crystal Brands jewelry Group.
    • 1994-2000owned by Chase Capital Partners, Lattice Holding A division of the Monet Group.
    • Monet Group, which includes Trifari and Marvella was bought by Liz Claiborne in July 2000 and moved out of the country.

     

    MOONBEAM — See CORO

     

    MOONRAYS — See CORO

     

    MORELAND, DEBRA studios in Cincinnati, Ohio 1990-present;

    • Mark:   Fleur-de-lis charm, plus the artisan’s signature charm
    • Her company is named “Paris” and specializes in bridal jewelry and accessories.
    • She purchased B. David manufacturing facilities (only) in 1993.
    • Thanks to Hannah Moreland Reck & Bonnie Rasche for info.

     

    MORREY, ELIZABETH

    Did home parties in the 1950s and 1960s
    Did some of the ethnic faces in molded plastic

    • Morton, Josef
    • Mark:         Photo courtesy Cathy Gordon.
    • Mark:         Photo courtesy Cathy Gordon.

     

    MOSELL — Frederick Mosell Jewelry Co. NY, NY 1940

    • Mark:        Courtesy Aged and Opulent Jewelry
    • Notes: 1st collection shown in April 1941
    • Mentioned in a Nov. 1962 Seventeen magazine for a non-jewelry item.
    • Mosell was both owner and designer

    MR. JOHN c. 1940s, 1950s

    • Hangtag:        Courtesy Karla Wacker
    • Mark:   Mr. John     Courtesy Melissa Hatfield
    • A New York hat designer; jewelry has paper tags

    MURRLE, BENNETT AND CO. London, England 1884

    • Mark:        Courtesy Cathy Gordon
    • Mark:   Theodor Fahrner made some jewelry for Murrle Bennett, which carried both their marks.    Courtesy Cathy Gordon
    • Wholesale jewelry firm specializing in Art Nouveau designs.
    • Murrle was repatriated to Germany during WWI and the company became White Redgrove and Whyte.
    • Info courtesy Cathy Gordon (from Vivienne Becker, Art Nouveau Jewelry).

    MURRY CHUVEN — See CHUVEN, MURRY

     

    MUSEUM OF FINE ART Boston, MA

    • Mark:   MFA     Courtesy Gil Gupton

    MUSEUM REPRODUCTIONS, INC.

     

      Mark: Stacked triangles  Photo courtesy Linda Jo D. Mitchell

    • Dates: 1969 until present
    • Founded: As Young Collectors Inc. by Mrs. Morgan Smith in 1969
    • Location: Brookline, MA
    • Current owner: Purchased by Lars Messler in 1984 who changed the name to Museum Reproductions.

    MUSI

    • Mark:   Musi  

    MUSIC BOX See CORO
     

    MYLU est. by Lynne Gordon & Marge Borofsky c. 1960s – 1970

    • Mark:   Mylu  
    • Became a division of Coro in 1968.
    • Gordon and Borofsky partnered with Micheal Tancer after he left Coro to start Tancer & Two.

    MYSTERE — See MAZER

     

    BIBLIOGRAPHY

     

    PAT SEAL: research files
    DOTTY STRINGFIELD: research files
    BOBYE SYVERSON: research files.
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    AMERICAN JEWELRY MANUFACTURERS by Dorothy T. Rainwater
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    COLLECTING COSTUME JEWELRY 202 By Julia Carroll
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