Posted 5 years ago
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.