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F

"F" in a circle -- see Fuller, Geo. H.

F.C.C. see FORSTNER--FORSTNER CHAIN CORP

F & B -- see Foster and Bailey

Fleur-de-lis charm - see Moreland, Debra

Backwards F with R -- see Francesca Romana

Fabiola
        Mark:   Fabiola        Photo courtesy Rita Perloff.
        Mark:   Fabiola     Photo courtesy Barbara Sallen.
        Mark:   Fabiola earring card     Photo courtesy Barbara Sallen.
        "Fabiola name was used between the late 50's to the early 60's based on when this traveling salesman traveled with these samples." -- info from Barbara Sallen.

Fabrik-marke - means trademark

FAC -- see Fifth Avenue Collection

Fahrner, Theodor
        Mark:   Original Farhner 925      Photo courtesy Cathy Gordon.
        Mark:   "TF & Germany      Photo courtesy Cathy Gordon.
        Mark:   Fahrner made some jewelry for Murrle, Bennett and Co. which was signed with both their marks    Courtesy Cathy Gordon
        Mark:   TF 935 Depose     Courtesy Cathy Gordon
        Mark:   TF & 935      Photo courtesy Cathy Gordon.
        Mark:   Fahrner, TF, 925     Courtesy Ron Maranto
        Mark:   TF, 935, Depose, PH (PH for Patriz Huber who designed exclusively for Fahrner from 1901-1902)     Courtesy friend of RCJ
        1883-Theodor Fahrner Jr. took over his father's firm which made rings
        1887-1895: company expanded to making other jewelry
        Appox.: 1900-1919 some designers who worked for the company - Franz Boeres, Rudolf Bosselt, Max Joseph Gradl, Hermann Haussler, Patriz Huber, Georg Kleemann, Ferdinand Morawe and others.
        1901: the TF trademark is introduced
        1919: Theodor Fahrner died and company bought by Gustav Braendle and renamed Gustav Braendle, Theodor Fahrner Nachf.
        1920s-1930s: the Deco style jewelry most often associated with Fahrner is produced
        WWII: jewelry was still produced , although in 1945 the factory was destroyed by a bomb and all archives were lost
        1952: Gustav Braendle died and the firm taken over by his son Herbert.
        1960s: produced modern silver jewelry with stones, "Antique Art" series of gold and silver jewelry with Roman or Egyptian motifs
        1979: Herbert Braendle died and Gustav Braendle, Theodor Fahrner Nachf was dissolved. Most records were destroyed.
        Information provided by Cathy Gordon from the book: Theodor Fahrner Jewelry ..between Avantgarde and Tradition, by Ulrike von Hase-Schmundt, Christianne Weber and Ingeborg Becker

Fairdeal Manufacturing Co., Providence, RI c. 1963
        Mark:   ROMA --1963      (RCJ)

FAIR MAID - 1934 - see Providence Stock Company

Fallow, Samuel c. 1930
        Mark:   Fallowgram      Photo courtesy Nancy Hopper.
        Information courtesy Sam Mitchell.

Fallowgram -- see Fallow, Samuel

Farah Lister see Lister, Farah

Fashion Art (script) -- see Mayer Bros.

Fashion Flair (script) -- see CORO

Fashion Square -- see CORO

Fashionata (script) -- see CORO

Fashioncraft -- see The Fashioncraft Jewelry Co.

Fashiocraft Robert --see The Fashioncraft Jewelry Co.

FASHIONCRAFT JEWELRY CO., INC, NY, NY --see The Fashioncraft Jewelry Co.

Feathagold see ACCESSOCRAFT PRODUCTS CO

Featherweights -- see Florida Featherwieghts, Inc.
        We have found NO documentation linking these marks to Coro. If you have such, please contact us.

Feinberg, Jay -- see Strongwater

Felch -- see Danecraft

Fenichel -- NY, NY - 1925 - c. 1959
        Mark:   Fenichel -- notice how "l" is often missing or distorted      Photo courtesy Cheri & Rocky Van Hoover.
        Founded by Louis Fenichel.

FERAUD, LOUIS
        Avon was licensed for his jewelry and perfumes.

Ferra, Marie -
        Mark:   Maire Ferra ©      Photo courtesy Myrna Seale.
        Mark:      Photo courtesy Erik Yang.

Ferraggioli -- see Pierre Bex


Fifth Avenue Collection

  Mark: Butler -- combination of upper and lower case letters.  Photo courtesy Donna Dunn
  Mark: BUTLER in all capital letters.  Photo courtesy Donna Dunn
  Mark: FAC in all caps script.  Photo courtesy Donna Dunn
  Mark: FAC in all caps block print.  Photo courtesy Donna Dunn


Finberg Manufacturing Co. -- Attleboro, MA; 1888 - present?
        Mark:   F.M.C. (used in Canada)
        Mark:   F.M. CO.
        Mark:   

Finn Jensen -- see Jensen, Finn

Fire Bird -- see CORO

Fishel, Nessler & Co., New York, NY -- c. 1885 until at least 1936
        Mark:   F.N.CO.      Photo courtesy Cathy Gordon.       Photo courtesy ID: justabunchawildflowers.
        Mark:   A crown & shield with F.N.CO. at an angle across the shield.
        Mark:   A fish with F.N.CO. on it's body.
        Mark:   A fish with "Sterling" on it's body      Courtesy Jennifer Lynn's Timeless Jewelry.
        Mark:   "Torshell" on a crescent with a turtle within the arcs of the crescent.
        Founded by Henry W. Fishel and S.C. Nessler.

Fisher, J.M.F. Co.   Attleboro, MA; c. 1879 to at least 1949
        Mark:   J.M.F. CO.    
        Mark:   J.M.F.& Co.     Courtesy Ed Grimes
        Mark: JMF Sterling    Courtesy Joe Weingarten.
        Founded by John Melatiah Fisher and Charles R Harris; originally known as Harris and Fisher
        When Charles Harris retired in 1885, the firm became known as the JM Fisher Co.

FLEISCHER, ROBERT-- c. March 1963


Flemming, Victoria

  Mark:   Victoria Flemming


Flora Danica -- Denmark -- 1953
        Mark:     Courtesy Raefield Designs
        Founded in 1953 by Orla Eggert who perfected a method of preserving pieces of Danish vegetation by dipping the pieces in sterling and then bonding 24K gold over the sterling foundation.
        Anette and Vagn Ibsen (both fashion and textile designers) purchased the company in March of 2006 and plan to expand the line.
        Information kindly providied by Annette Floystrup.

Floradora -- see R. F. SIMMONS

FLORENZA c. 1950 -- 1981
        Mark:   Florenza -- around 1949-1950
        Mark with copyright, after 1955  ,    ,    ,       Photo courtesy Erik Yang.

        Mark:   Lorraine Marsel     Marsel was a jobber located in Texas. Dan Kasoff put her name on pieces so they would be special to her,
             but those same pieces were also in their open line.    Photo and info courtesy Jan Gaughan from Larry Kasoff.
        Mark:   Rosenfeld by Florenza      Courtesy Lorie Mattson.     Rosenfeld was a hand bag designer and manufacturer located in NYC,
                and a Florenza customer from approximately 1960 until 1981.
        Rosenfeld and Marsel were the only customers whose names were put on jewelry along with Florenza's.
        Mark:   Foil tag used by Florenza     Courtesy Jan Gaughan
        Not all Florenza was marked.
        Dan Kasoff Corporation was producing jewelry in the 1940's, before using the name Florenza.
        The name "Florenza" came from the name of Dan's wife Florence.
        Florenza manufactured jewelry for Capri, House of Benedict, Estee Lauder, Albert Weiss, Stanley-Kazlo & Kramer of N.Y.
        Florenza made vanity items signed Florenza, and unsigned for TACOA--The Accessories Corporation of Atlanta--late 1960's into 1970's.
        Also see "Kaywin".
        Info kindly provided by Larry Kasoff, son of Dan.

Florida Featherweights, Inc - c. 1966 - 1984; Florida
        Mark:   Featherweights in arched script; 1966-1984     This is from US Trademark site.
        The trademark site also states that the mark was a "DESIGN PLUS WORDS". I think the design was probably a flamingo, which would be logical in Florida.
        If this is correct, then the mark shown for Greenbaum Novelty in Dolan's book is not correct.

Florodoro -- see Whiting & Davis

FLYING COLORS -- see Parrot Pearls

F.M.CO. --see Finberg Man. Co.

FN Co -- see Fishel

F.N. Kistner - see Kistner, F.N.

for that priceless look -- see CORO

FOLD ON - 1934 - see Providence Stock Company

FormArt Corporation -- New York -- 1988 until present
        Mark:   Bellini   
        Mark:   Bellini by Formart

Forsit see FORSTNER--FORSTNER CHAIN CORP

Forstar see FORSTNER--FORSTNER CHAIN CORP

FORSTNER CHAIN CORP., Irvington, NJ -- c. 1920 -- c. 1980
    Later changed name to Forstner Jewelry Manufacturing Corp.
        Mark:   Forstner in script -- first used 1937
        Mark:        Courtesy Maureen McWilliams
        Mark:   F.C.C. 1/20 10 K.G.F.     Courtesy Sandy
        Mark:   Forstner in block letters    ,     Courtesy Andrea Maloney
        Mark:   Fortune
        Mark:   Snap-Lock
        Mark:   Trustyle
        Mark:   Dapper
        Mark:   F.C.C.
        Mark:   Forsit
        Mark:   Dubl-Lock
        Mark:   Initials W&F with a star between inside elongated hexagon
        Mark:   Radio -- Oct. 1920
        Mark:   Numum -- Aug. 1923
        Mark:   Image of a Carosel -- June 1935
        Mark:   Climatest -- Dec. 1949
        Mark:   Bolita -- Jan. 1950
        Mark:   Forstar -- June 1950
        Mark:   Remembrance -- 1954
        Mark:   Teenette -- May 1958
        Mark:   Backward "F" with arrow through the center -- 1962
        Mark:   Token of Love -- 1965
    Have ads from 1947-1956

Fortune -- see FORSTNER--FORSTNER CHAIN CORP

Foster & Bailey -- see Theodore W. Foster & Bro. Co

Francesca Romana, Sao Paulo, Brazil/ Coral Gables, FL - 1988 to present
        Mark:   Backwards F with R - 1988      Photo courtesy Lani Peterson
        Mark:   Francesca Romana - 1988   
        Mark:   Francesca Romana -1988   
        Thanks to Patrick Dolan for the information.

Francois (script) -- see CORO

Frank Buck -- see Buck, Frank

Frank M. Whiting -- see Whiting

FRARICO -- see Rifas

FRED A. BLOCK -- see Block, Fred. A.

Fred Gray Corp.
        Mark:   Fred Gray Corp.     Photo courtesy BeeGee McBride.
        Some things we do and do not know about the "S" in a star mark:
        "S" in a star   -- Pin with this mark was seen on an original card which said "Fred Gray Corp." -- Style of pin was 1930's - 1940's
        "S" in a star, "Made in USA" and an applied plate with "Fred Gray Corp." -- all these marks were seen on a bird brooch. (info from Pat Seal)
        Pieces marked only with the "S" in a star, or with the "S" in a star and "Made in USA" may or may not be Fred Gray -- we just don't know.
        It is possible that the "S" in a star and "Made in USA" may be the mark of the actual manufacturer who made jewelry for any number of jewelry companies.

Fred Meyer Jewelers -- 1973 till present
        Mark:   Merksamer 1966 -- Meyer bought Merksamer Jewelers shortly after 1995     Courtesy Linda Lange

FREIRICH c. 1900 -- 1990
        Mark:   Freirich     Photo courtesy Victoria James
        Originally called Maison David & located in US & France. Bought out by Solomon Freirich in 1922.
        Name remained Maison David in France, but changed to Freirich in US.
        Millinery & dress ornaments; buttons for Chanel & Dior.
        Excellent quality, all handmade jewelry in an antique, Victorian look
        Begin marking their jewelry in 1960's; closed in 1990

Freshura -- see MARVELLA

Fried, Sam; Cleaveland, MO; b. 1910 - d. 1979
        Mark:   Sterling Fried     Courtesy Aged and Opulent Jewelry
        Known for making Sterling silver jewelry in the Moderist style.
        Not all pieces were signed.
        Information provided by Fried's son-in-law.


From, Niels Erik

Fuller, Geo. H. & Son Company -- Pawtucket, RI; 1858 to present
        Mark:   Fuller's Findings around "F"      Photo courtesy RCJ.

        Mark:   "F" inside a circle, without the "Fuller's Findings" around it.
        Mark:   Symmetrical
        Maker of jewelry findings, badges, class pins, etc.
        View a Fuller's Findings catalog from 1950.

Futura -- see CORO

Futurama -- see CORO


BIBLIOGRAPHY

PAT SEAL: research files
DOTTY STRINGFIELD: research files
LUCILLE TEMPESTA: owner-publisher of the Vintage Fashion & Costume Jewelry Magazine
BOBYE SYVERSON: research files.
A TRIBUTE TO AMERICA by Carla and Roberto Brunialti
AMERICAN COSTUME JEWELRY by Carla and Roberto Brunialti
AMERICAN JEWELRY MANUFACTURERS by Dorothy T. Rainwater
COLLECTIBLE COSTUME JEWELRY by Cherri Simonds
COLLECTING COSTUME JEWELRY 101 By Julia Carroll
COLLECTING COSTUME JEWELRY 202 By Julia Carroll
COLLECTING RHINESTONE COLORED JEWELRY by Maryanne Dolan
COPPER ART JEWELRY by Burkholz and Kaplan
COSTUME JEWELRY A PRACTICAL HANDBOOK AND GUIDE by Fred Rezazadeh
COSTUME JEWELRY (2nd Ed.) by Harrice Simons Miller
EUROPEAN DESIGNER JEWELRY by Ginger Moro
INSIDE THE JEWELRY BOX By Ann Pitman
MASTERPIECES OF COSTUME JEWELRY by Ball and Torem
MID-CENTURY PLASTIC JEWELRY By Susan Klein
MIRIAM HASKELL JEWELRY by Cathy Gordon and Sheila Pamfiloff
OLD JEWELRY by Jeanenne Bell
WARMAN'S JEWELRY 2nd Ed. by Christie Romero
WARMAN'S JEWELRY 3rd Ed. by Christie Romero



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