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    Posted 5 years ago

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    I thought I would post four of my Eisenberg figurals, as they are amazing, high quality jewelry and a couple are fairly rare.

    Eisenberg & Sons, Inc., the parent company, was started as a perfume and clothing company in 1914. It had mixed success and during the late 1930s the company added a line of jewelry as accessories to its clothing (in order to increase sales). Pinned to the garment in a blue velvet box labeled “Eisenberg & Sons Originals,” the jewelry pieces were such an immediate success, they were more desired than the dresses themselves. The company, Eisenberg Jewelry, Inc. was officially established in 1940.

    The Eisenberg Company used quite a variety of marks over the years. Each of these marks can be used to help identify the dates of each piece., though marks and the dates they were used tend to overlap. For more information on marks, consult the Collectors Weekly write-up on Eisenberg.

    Photo 1: Piggy Goes to Market -- one of the rarest of the Eisenberg figurals and designed by Ruth Kamke for the Eaves Company, though sold by Eisenberg. This is a fur clip of a pig dressed in a bonnet and shawl, with a gorgeous enamel, rhinestone and faux turquoise cabochons, carrying a trembler basket full of enameled flowers hanging from one arm, gold wash over sterling, 3-1/2". Marked Eisenberg Original and designed in 1941.

    Photo 2: Puss 'N Boots -- another of the more rare figurals, this fur clip is marked Eisenberg Original, and most likely dates to the early 1940s. A stern cat in high boots with spurs, carrying an elaborate hat and sword, with large red Swarovski rhinestones and faux turquoise cabochons; gold wash over sterling, 3 5/8"

    Photo 3: Mermaid -- Possibly modeled after a brooch made by Verdura made in gold with opals, pearls and diamonds, who called it a "Naiad Clip." This Eisenberg mermaid was advertised in a 1946 Vogue magazine and came in a variety of colors (in addition to the lovely blue, you could find it in topaz, pink, red, green). This brooch has a large oval faceted rhinestone and matching faceted crystal beads; gold wash over sterling. You may find it with red painted mouth and nails, though Ruth Kamke told me she did not design it that way. Mine is marked Eisenberg Sterling and the initial N (which is the stone-setter mark). She is 3 inches tall.

    Photo 4: Can-Can Dancer -- Lively dancer in gold wash over sterling and set with red Swarovski rhinestones. The dancer series by Eisenberg is circa dated 1944. She is marked Eisenberg Sterling and is 3 3/4" tall.

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    1. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      These are great! :-))))))
    2. Bluboi Bluboi, 5 years ago
      You are FAST! Thank you!
    3. valentino97 valentino97, 5 years ago
      So amazing, like all of your jewels. I love the mermaid :-)
    4. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 5 years ago
      I'm with valentino97, the mermaid is wonderful, though piggy is a lot of fun!
      Beautiful, Beautiful Creations!
      Eisenberg history at its best!'
    5. Bluboi Bluboi, 5 years ago
      Thank you Valentino and Ms. CrystalShip. There was a reproduction made of the mermaid. It is much larger and quite ugly, but one needs to be careful. If you look at photo 6 in this album, you can see the two side-by-side:
    6. Enameled_Beetle, 5 years ago
      Beautiful pieces!
    7. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 5 years ago
      Wow you're right. Ugly is too kind a word... She(?) is actually spooky looking.
    8. bijoucaillouvintage bijoucaillouvintage, 5 years ago
      Oh wow!! I have no words... amazing!
    9. lentilka11, 5 years ago
      All of them are so wonderful! I wonder if I will ever come across them. Thank you for sharing!!
    10. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Fantastic! As usual, very informative write up and link :-)
      Thank you Bluboi!
    11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago

    12. Bluboi Bluboi, 5 years ago
      Thanks everyone for your comments and loves.
    13. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 5 years ago
      Just wanted to say..most of us would never be able to lay eyes on these fabulous creations, so thank you so much for sharing. I've must of come back to your post a dozen times to take another peek. "Piggy goes to market" is incredible! And did I read this right?, You have actually talked to the designer Ruth Kamke? How special is that?!
    14. Bluboi Bluboi, 5 years ago
      Yes, I was lucky enough to speak directly with Ruth. She is a delight and so generous in sharing information. My mermaid was stolen and I needed to get some very specific information to provide to the police. My very good friend and Eisenbrg expert Bobye Syverson (may she rest in peace), connected me to Ruth.
    15. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 5 years ago
      Bobye Syverson was the foremost Eisenberg Historian and collector from what I've read about her.How fortunate to have this special woman in your life. So sorry for your loss.And shame on anyone who steals, especially something so personal as vintage jewelry, some pieces can't be replaced.
    16. Bluboi Bluboi, 5 years ago
      I was fortunately able to get my mermaid back. It was put up for sale within 5 days of it being stolen and I purchased it. Unfortunately, there was no way of bringing the thief to justice.
    17. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 5 years ago
      I'm so glad you were able to get your beautiful mermaid back. The thief will get theirs, if only in karma. The money they received from you did them no good. You won.
    18. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 4 years ago
      So nice. One piece and they just get better from there!
    19. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 4 years ago
      Hello, these are fun and beautiful! I just red your answer in another post, quite some time ago, on Myra Ikora and the Myra Kristall. You gave examples on different color beads you have seen. I have recently posted a necklace that I wonder about. Have no experience in glass though but have seen necklaces with simplar clasps that have been said to be Myra Glass beads. I don't know if they are right though. The beads on my necklace looks hand made but other than that I have no knowledge. If you have the time and feel up to it, I would be most thankful if you could have a look at my post and give me your thought on this. Even if it is not Myra ofcourse :)
    20. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 4 years ago
      Thank you for your excelent answer!
    21. raven3766 raven3766, 3 years ago
      I would love to have these, they are gorgeous.
    22. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
      Hi Bluboi! I don't know if you are still receiving alerts from CW when someone comments...
      Anyway, I give a try here!
      I'm seeking for your help about identification of my "mysterious maker" with the "etruscan urn" maker's mark.
      It appears "The Parisian Diamond Company" had in their advertisements many of same pieces of my mysterious maker!
      Maybe you could spread this post in your jewelry community, which has more sleuthing skills than I have?
    23. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 3 months ago
      These wonderful RARE figurals have not been seen for years! Back on top to enjoy!

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