Posted 2 years ago
I was looking forward to posting a brooch that had gotten shunted to the side. I had seen it was marked Winard and stamped 12K GF which is all in line with marks from Winard.
Researching further when taking a pic myself showed something odd, I know on the site below, it mentions briefly 'Windard - until at least 1954' https://www.illusionjewels.com/research/costumejewelrymarksw.html
I looked up further history on the company and came up with this general similar recap:
Winard Jewelry Co. was one of a few Premier Costume & Fine Jewelry establishments in mid-century American. Well-known for their fine, gold-filled jewelry in the '40s and '50s. Jewelry was sold in fine jewelry stores. Winard specialized in high quality gold and ivory, jade and coral jewelry pieces. The Winard Jewelry Co. closed in the late 1950’s.
Unfortunately, 2 things are off that maybe one of you can help reconcile - there is a '4' listed before the word 'Winard. Additionally, this is supposedly FAUX jade, and perhaps even the finest jewelers did also deal with faux jade but I find that just another question as to why a fine jeweler known for their jade, ivory, etc. would use faux jade in a brooch, but perhaps it was done to make things more affordable.
I guess I'm basically wondering if I simply have a fake. To my knowledge, I don't know if Winard pieces are highly collected/sought after.
Any thoughts? OK, I'm sitting here feeling slightly deflated but a tiny bit more educated. :(