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Ostby and Barton Floral Pin

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Costume Jewelry2614 of 3174Grandma's necklace1934 Celluloid & Rhinestone Earrings
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Posted 3 years ago


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Recently came across this charming pin and the maker's mark was unfamiliar to me. Some research told me the bull's eye with trefoil mark belongs to RI jewelry manufacturer, Ostby and Barton. The hinge and "C" clasp appear to be early 20th century and the stones not identified. Interestingly, 2 of the stones appear to have been set upside-down - possibly an unskilled attempt to replace them in their setting when loose or fallen out.


  1. cindyjune cindyjune, 3 years ago
    I believe the name is Ostby and Barton and
    the company was in Prov. RI,
    Mr. Ostby died on the Titanic and I don't know if the company failed then.
    Their jewelry is beautiful
  2. FineLines FineLines, 3 years ago
    Thanks, fixed the typo. No, company didn't fail but was left jointly to his adult children. Company ceased jewelry production in the 1950s. Yes, I found this pin intriguing and lovely. His daughter, by the way, was traveling with him on the Titanic. Another survivor of that tragedy was Henry Blank of Whitesell & Blank also jewelry manufacturer.
  3. cindyjune cindyjune, 3 years ago
    Wouldn't it be great to find a family museum where we could view more jewelry?
    Thanks for the info
  4. FineLines FineLines, 3 years ago
    Hi Cindyjune: Wouldn't it be interesting to discover how many jewelry merchants were sailing on the Titanic? I've found items from 2 - 1 survived another did not.
    Thanks for your comments. DD
  5. cindyjune cindyjune, 3 years ago
    That would be very interesting. I wonder if the ship manifest is available. Something else to research!

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