Posted 10 years ago
I found this bracelet at my local thrift store. It was in a little plastic ziplock bag, in a basket with all the other ziplocked costume jewelry. I was digging through looking for anything that looked well made, then I would look closer for a silver or gold 'mark'. I found this and thought it was very interesting. I brought it to a pawn shop acting like I may want to sell it for scrap gold, and found out the 'pennie weight'. They offerred me $160.00 for it, I said I'd think about it.
I couldn't read any of the markings on the back except for '10k solid gold' and 'S F C 5'. So I went to the drug store and got a 5x magnefier. It took some time and lot's of eyestrain, but I finally figured out where it came from. It was made by Entenmann-Rovin Co. out of Pico Rivera, CA. This company has made badges for the police, security co.'s, secret service, and military since 1888. The pawn shop verified that the chain and the charm are both 10k solid gold. And I went online to figure out weight in grams, and the value of the gold weight. It weighs about 23 grams, and that amount of gold is worth $300.00.
There is nothing on the charm indicating any type of company or branch of the military, but this just doesn't look like a charm you could just find in a glass case at a jewelry store to me. The company that made this also makes and designs jewelry, but all I can find on the web are badges and medals. I have not seen anything that comes close to looking like this.
It's my opinion that it was probably a piece made by Entenmann-Rovin, personally designed by an individual. If that's the case, I hope someone can tell by the markings on the back how old it is.
If anyone has any information about the history of Entenmann-Rovin, and the value of their vintage designs, please respond to this listing. I would love to know anything you can tell me.
Thanks do much!!!