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    Posted 5 years ago

    Peasejean55
    (504 items)

    The bracelet isn't marked, but I'm 99.9 percent sure the maker is Jakob Bengel. I saw this on eBay and immediately recognise his work, I was the only bidder, the price was good and couldn't help myself, I should have more will power lol. This bracelet is made of chrome and I think red glass, or Bakelite. I shall put a link in my comments below, telling you more about Jakob Bengle. He as become very collectable in recent years.
    Many thanks for looking.

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    1. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 5 years ago
      http://www.palette-london.com/designer-vintage/jakob-bengel.html
      Interesting reading. Thanks Efesgirl for you quick love :-)
    2. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 5 years ago
      Thank you very much nutsabotas.
    3. Bluboi Bluboi, 5 years ago
      Hi Jean,

      I would class this as a "maybe." I went through my Bengel book as well as reviewed my Bengel bracelets and here are some comments:

      - colored material would be Galalith, a milk-based plastic used by Bengel (as well as Maison Auguste Bonaz) in the late 1920s-1930s

      - Most of Bengel pieces (using Galalith) have the Galalith piece fixed to the chrome backing by a screw(s). Seems to be very consistent with necklaces. Here is a photo:
      http://photos.imageevent.com/bluboi/bengel/websize/Bengel%20screw%20back.jpg

      - Link bracelets, as far as I can tell from photos and my two bracelets, do not have jump rings. Instead they use chrome loop fasteners. I am not good at describing, but here are two Bengel bracelets with front, back and side photos (the pictures are big so you can see the details):

      http://photos.imageevent.com/bluboi/bengel/2%20Bengel%20bracelets1.jpg

      http://photos.imageevent.com/bluboi/bengel/2%20Bengel%20bracelets2.jpg

      http://photos.imageevent.com/bluboi/bengel/2%20Bengel%20bracelets3.jpg

      - Finally, I used to have a bracelet made of those Deco barrel-like links but it is gone and I don't have any photos of it. I have not seen any Bengel which uses that exact finding though he did have some which were similar. There were a number of Pforzheim manufacturers producing similar jewelry with Henkel & Grosse being quite prolific.

      For those looking for a good book, I recommend Art Deco Schumuck: Jakob Bengel, Idar-Oberstein by Christianne Weber
    4. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 5 years ago
      http://www.sheryls-artdeco.co.uk/bengelbracelets9.html
    5. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 5 years ago
      Hi Bluboi,

      Thanks so much for your information. I can see what you mean with your links showing the chrome loop fasteners between the panels.

      The above link I've posted, is showing the same bracelet as mine, that is what I'm basing my opinion on this bracelet being Jakob Bengel.
    6. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 5 years ago
      Great bracelet. I also look at your referens page peasejean but I would also want to have a safer reference like the book by Weber like Bluboi refered to. Will buy it one of these days to learn more.
    7. Bluboi Bluboi, 5 years ago
      Hi Jean,

      Wow, that site sure has a lot of examples of Bengel. Too bad you can't expand the photos. I saw the bracelet like yours. What is interesting is that in 14 pages of Bengel bracelets on her site, that is the only one with jump rings. But, I hedged my answer with "maybe".... LOL!

      Also interesting that she is saying the radio grill bracelets are Bengel. I have several of them (and love them!).

      Of course, the identification of Bengel jewelry was a long time coming -- if you look at books from the 1990s (e.g., Moro, European Designer Jewelry) Bengel was not mentioned, even though there were photos of his jewelry.
    8. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 5 years ago
      Hi Bluboi,

      You are very correct in saying that my bracelet is the only one with jump rings, just my luck, but I can live in hope. I'd love to know when they reopened the factory to get at the new/old stock, as lady says most of her items are these pieces.

      To be honest I don't know anything about Jakob Bengel. I have been looking at Tadema Gallery, and I have noticed Jakob Bengel jewellery is very popular.
    9. SEAN68 SEAN68, 5 years ago
      I wished I had the knowledge of jewelry !! stunning pieces!!
    10. Bluboi Bluboi, 5 years ago
      If you are viewing Tadema, you are looking at some of the best!

      I had the opportunity to purchase a lot of Bengel in 2007, so wonder if that might be the time period? I have heard rumors that a small number of people got access to large quantities, so perhaps it has been gradually dribbling out into the market? Of course, when large quantities are released, prices tend to go lower....

      Most of the necklaces I bought in 2007 are fairly simple and the elements are smaller than pictures would lead you to believe. The Bengel I have found to be most sought after are the enameled brickwork pieces and the gas pipe (snake chain) chrome. I see on the website with all of the Bengel, that there is an email address. Perhaps email her about your bracelet?
    11. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 5 years ago
      Hi Bluboi,

      Excellent idea, I've just sent a email off, I shall let you know if I get a reply.

      I really appreciate all the information you have sent me, Bluboi. I have to say, at first I wasn't attracted to his work, now it is growing on me. He had a very unique style, I like that.

      Yet again thank you for all your help, also it's great to see you on CW. I hope you will be posting some of your gorgeous pieces in the near future.

      Jean
    12. antiquerose antiquerose, 5 years ago
      Stunning Piece..........................and such wonderful info, Discussion and References on here. Now that is what I LIKE to see!! Thank you BOTH for your Extensive Knowledge on the subject !!!!!!!
    13. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 5 years ago
      Hi Bluboi,

      I've had a reply from Sheryls-artdeco. She says, no this not unusual for Bengel, I have many similar bracelets by him. I can't post the email onto CW but if you would care to look at it, I could forward the email to you, but of course I need your email address, I'll delete straight away.

      Thank you antiquerose, for your kind comment, it is all about learning, and I have really enjoyed this post.
    14. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 5 years ago
      Ahhh, SEAN thanks for your comment. I would love to know more about glass and ceramics, that's the beauty about a site like this. Learning is knowledge.
    15. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      It's wonderful Jean and I have read with great interest the dialogue between you and Bluboi. Thanks to both!
    16. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 5 years ago
      Oh thank you Karen, I've learnt a lot from Bluboi, a wealth of information.
    17. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 5 years ago
      Many thanks

      Efesgirl
      jscott
      katherinescollections
      kyra
      nutsabotas
      Bluboi
      aura
      mikelv
      SEAN
      Gillian
      TassieDevil
      antiquerose
      vintagelamp
      valentino
    18. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 5 years ago
      Many thanks

      mikelv
      melaniej
      EZa
    19. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 5 years ago
      Many thanks

      SEAN
      vintageforever
    20. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 5 years ago
      Many thanks

      Elisabethan

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