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K

KB -- see Begay, Kenneth

KJL -- see Lane, Kenneth J.

KL -- see Karl Lagerfeld

K.L. - see Charles Rothman Co.

KP - see Knoll & Pregizer

K.T. see Takahashi

K & T - Providence, RI
        Mark:   K & T
        Used on cards: Pins with Personality c. 1997
        Used on cards: Barrettes with Personality c. 1997

Kabana - Albuquerque, NM - 1975 until present
        Mark:   Kabana Sterling     Courtesy justabunchawildflowers
        Founded by Stavros Eleftheriou.

KAFIN -- New York -- c.1950-1960'S
        Mark:   Kafin New York     Photo courtesy Cindy Amirkhan.       Photo courtesy Lilly Vittetow .

        Mark:   Kafin in script

Kahn, Natalie c. 1954
        bead jewelry, shell jewelry, tailored metal with rhinestones.

Kai-Yin Lo
        Mark:   KYLO 925     Photo courtesy Erik Yang.
        Contemporary Hong Kong/Manhattan jewelry designer.


Kalinger Paris

  Mark:   Kalinger © Paris   Photo courtesy Lilly Vittetow


KALMOUR
        Have ad from 1941

Kandell & Marcus
        Mark:   Kandell & Marcus N.Y.     Photo courtesy Rosie Dyer.

Kantor Novelty, NY,NY - c. 1942 - ?
        Mark:   Kantor Novelty     Courtesy Mary Ann Docktor-Smith
        Mark:   Jewelplast 1942

Kaplan, Morris and Sons, Co. -- NY
        Mark:   Marquette Creations first used 1926, reg. 1947.      Registration reads: " (Diamonds and precious and
        semi-precious stones; finger rings, earrings, pendants, bracelets and chokers, all made of or designed to simulate precious or semi-precious metal).
        Courtesy Plenty O'Jewels@Rubylane.

Karan, Donna -- NY -- see Donna Karan

Karen Lynne - see Charles Rothman Co.

Karen Lynne - contemporary artist - Care Creek, AZ
        Mark:   KL   

Karl Lagerfeld
        Mark:   KL in script      Photo courtesy Erik Yang.

Karst -- German -- early 1900's
        Mark:   Karst 800     Courtesy Cathy Gordon

KARU -- Kaufman & Ruderman, Inc. NY, NY c. 1940s--to 1970's??
        Mark:   Karu first used in 1940
        Mark:   On necklace "Karu Arke, made in W. Germany" foil tag; hook marked "W. Germany"; paper tag "The Anderson Newcomb Co."
           Courtesy Pauline Lytle ID: spwalker10.
        Mark:   Karu Arke   
        Mark:   Karu Arke Inc.     Courtesy Dad's Pottery
        Mark:   Karu Fifth Avenue      Photo courtesy Laura Libio.
        Mark:   Karu Sterling     Courtesy Carolyn Newhouse

Kate Hines -- see Hines, Kate

Katerina Musetti Designs - contemporary designer - since 1990's
        Mark:   Katerina Musetti Designs     Courtesy Katerina Musetti

Kaye Denning -- see Denning

Kaywin Novelty Co. -- c. 1933
        Mark:        Photo courtesy Pam Wiggins.
        Founded by Daniel Kasoff and Weiner before Kasoff started Florenza on his own. -- Info courtesy Jan Gaughan.

Kenneth J. Lane -- see Lane, Kenneth

Kerr, Richard -- Dallas, TX; c. 1980
        Mark:   Richard Kerr  

Ketcham & McDougall, Inc. -- New Jersey; c. 1875 to at least 2003
        Mark:   Ketcham McDougall East Orange, NJ    Photo courtesy Joan Sween.
        Original company founded in 1832 by John Roshore. It became Ketcham & McDougall around 1875.
        Known for thimbles, eyeglasses holders and fine jewelry.

KEYES -- 1962-- to at least 1999
        Mark:   Keyes      Photo courtesy Lee Caplan.
        Canadian company.

Keynote of Fashion -- see UNCAS

KIDD, DAVID c. July 1965

Kiddie Kraft -- see MARATHON

KIM - 1956
        Mark:   Kim -- first used 1956, registered 1979     (RCJ)
        Owner of mark: Kim Craftsmen, Ltd., NY, NY

Kirk, Alexis c. 1970's
        Mark:   Alexis Jewels hangtag     Courtesy Julie Levine
        Contemporary designer who started in the 1970's (per Frank DeLizza).

KIRK'S FOLLY 1979--present
        Mark:   Kirk's Folly     Photo courtesy Debbie Robinson.

KIRSCHMAN, LEWIS (Lewis Kirschman Co., Inc). -- c. 1947
        Mark:   Old Crest Sterling     Courtesy Lilly Vittetow
        Ad from 1947 says that the jewelry is bench made

Kistner, F. N. -- Chicago; 1905 - 2006
        Mark:     
        Maker of fraternal jewelry.

KJ -- see Kollmar & Jourdan -

KJAG -- see Kollmar & Jourdan -

K. J. L. -- see Lane, Kenneth J.

KLEIN, ANNE
        Mark:   Tagged Accessocraft and Klein, as they did a line together.     Photo courtesy LillyVittetow.

        Mark:   Anne Klein     Photo courtesy of Gail Gupton
        Mark:   AK        Courtesy RCJ

        Mark:     Courtesy Claudia Harris

        Mark:   Anne Klein for Carnegie -- 1978

Klik Promotions, Inc. -- NY c.1950
        Mark:   Double-Ette -- used on box containing purse/glove holder.  
        Mark:   Klik - EtteS -- first used 1952.

Klitzner Industries, Inc. - Providence, RI - c.1910 to present (4/07)
        Mark:   Cloisart - 1973, renewed 1995, now dead    Courtesy RCJ
        Mark:   Cloisart     Courtesy Raefielddesigns
        Mark:   HPM - 1982, live - used mainly on non-jewelry items     Courtesy RCJ
        Mark:   Celebrating The Millennium 2000 Two Thousand Years - 1997, cancelled 2006     Courtesy RCJ
        Founded by Harry Klitzner.

Knoll and Pregizer - 1887 - 1975 - Pforzheim, Germany

        Mark:   Sterling Germany KP  
        Mark:   935 KP   
        Mark:   Germany Sterling 935 KP
        Mark:   An enlargement of the "KP"   
        Mark:   Sterling Silver Birks KP      Birks - high end jewelry store in Canada who evidently had Knoll & Pregizer make jewelry for them.
        Mark:   KAPE - registered in 1938 & used on watches
        Mark:   Lotos - mark used on watches
        Robin discovered a 1975 patent for a watch crystal registered by the company.
        Thanks to Robin Deutsch for the years of research that solved the "KP" mystery. All information and images are from Robin.
        Read Robin's article on Knoll & Pregizer
        See pictures of Robin's wonderful collection of Knoll & Pregizer jewelry, with more pictures of marks.

Kollmar & Jourdan -- Pforzheim, Germany
        Founded in 1885; Factory destroyed during WWII; rebuilt & in business until 1977.
        Mark:   KJAG        Photo courtesy Laura Libio.
        Mark:   Rolled Gold, KJ with arrow through it, Germany     Courtesy Emily Stone
        Mark:   KJ with an arrow through it.

KORDA
        Mark:   Thief of Bagdad Korda  
        This jewelry was mfg. by the Rice-Weiner Co. (see Rice-Weiner).
        The story about Korda giving these pieces of jewelry to the cast of "The Thief of Bagdad" after the movie was made is just a lovely myth, and not fact.
        Mark:   © Alexander Korda
        Jewelry was also made based on "The Jungle Book" movie, marked © Alexander Korda. Korda was the director of the movie, but had nothing to do with the jewelry.

KRAMER -- Kramer Jewerly Creations, NY, Ny 1943--c.1980
        Mark:   Kramer first used 1943       Photo courtesy Simply Sharon.

        Mark:   The Diamond Look (script) 1948
        Mark:   Kramer Pat. Pend.     Photo courtesy Jennifer from Jennifer Lynn's Timeless Jewelry.
        With copyright mark, after 1955      Photo courtesy Bonnie Lynn Kirby.
        Mark:   Kramer Sterling     Photo courtesy Sheila Winters.
        Mark:   Kramer, Made In Austria       Two marks found on same brooch by Pat Seal.
        Mark:   "K" inside a teardrop-shaped metal hangtag. - seen in a 1961 ad.
        Mark:   The Diamond Look (block print)      Photo courtesy Carol Ann O'Leary.
        Mark:   Kramer of New York     Photo courtesy Jenny Wren.
        Mark:   Kramer New York      Photo courtesy Plenty O'Jewels@Rubylane.
        Mark:   Kramer of NY (found on pearls)      Photo courtesy eclecticgramma.
        Mark:   Christian Dior by Kramer     Photo courtesy Jennifer from Jennifer Lynn's Timeless Jewelry.

        Mark:   The Golden Look (script) 1954      Courtesy Plenty O'Jewels.
        Mark:   Perles de Lune -- used on Kramer Pearl Jewelry from Sept. 1962
        Mark:   Amourelle -- by Frank Hess for Kramer -- since 1963 -- heart shaped plaque.     Photo courtesy Cathy Gordon .
        Mark:   Amourelle - by Frank Hess for Kramer     Photo & info courtesy Cathy Gordon.
        Founded by Louis Kramer in 1943
        Thanks to Plenty O'Jewels for some of the above information.

KREISLER MFG. CORP. 1913 -- at least 1977
        Mark:   Kreisler  
        Mark:   Gold-Klad -- 1921
        The Stern-Kreisler Jewelry Company founded in 1914 in NYC by Jacques Kreisler & Marcus Stern made fine jewelry.
        1928 Tobias Stern (son of founder) and Jacques Kreisler form Kreisler Manufacturing Coporation.
        1932 the Jacques Kreisler Manufacturing Corp. closes its doors.
        1933 Tobias Stern and Jacques Kreisler restart the business of manufacturing watchbands.
        1948 Kreisler expands its product line to include men's and women's jewelry
        1952 The men's and ladies jewelry line is discontinued.
        Not sure when they again started making jewelry.
        1975 The jewelry division moves to St. Petersburg, FL.
        1979 Kreisler closes its jewelry division .
        1980 company moves into its current corporate offices in St. Petersburg, FL.
        Have ads from 1946 & 1947.

Kremaloy -- see Krementz

KREMENTZ 1866 -- 1997
        Mark:   Heraldic (on a shield) 1930
        Mark:   Krementz 1884
        Mark:    Krementz    Photo courtesy Jo-Ann Sturko.

        Mark:   Krementz USA   
        Mark:   Bottom looks like a man's handle-bar mustache and top looks a little like an umbrella or like an anchor     Photo courtesy Sam & Yvonne Mitchell.

        Mark:   Nu-Kay 1907
        Mark:   Snap-Bar 1940
        Mark:   Diana     Photo courtesy Sam & Yvonne Mitchell.

        Mark:   Kremaloy
        Mark:   Krementz Plate   
        Mark:   Krementz Made in USA     Courtesy Sam & Yvonne Mitchell
        Mark:   Krementz Plate (on early 1900's MOP cufflinks)     Photo courtesy Plenty O'Jewels
        Mark:   Krementz (script)--now being used
        In 2000, Richard Krementz said the firm had also sold under the names: Shiman, McTeigue, and Jones & Woodland.
        Until 1878 the firm's sales were confined to the jobbing trade.
        In 1997 they sold "Krementz" to Colibri and some of their other lines were sold to other companies.
        Today, the Krementz family still manufactures 18k and platinum jewelry with exotic colored gemstones in Newark under the name Richard Krementz Gemstones.
        See a Krementz timeline

KTF -- see TRIFARI

Kuff Loop -- see Anson

KUM-A-PART -- see Swank, Inc.

KUM-A-PART Kuff Button -- see Swank, Inc.

KUM-A-PART The Buckle That Snaps -- see Swank, Inc.

Kunio Matsumoto-- see Trifari


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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