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Script "L" in a circle with "Trade" and "Mark" on either side - see Providence Stock Company

L'Amour -- Braude

L. Razza -- see Razza

LC see Claiborne, Liz

LG see Lind-Gal

LN, LN/25, etc. -- see Little Nemo

LR -- see Lady Remington

L.S. -- see Stern, Louis

L.S. CO. -- see Stern, Louis

L.S. & CO. -- see Stern, Louis

L.S.P.CO. -- see Peterson

La Belle -- see CORO

LA REL c.1953--??
        Mark:   La Rel Originals -- First used April 1953
        Mark:   LaRel     Photo courtesy Linda Lange.

La Roco -- Layko, Ross & Co, Inc. -- Seattle, WA
        Mark:   LA ROCO     Photo courtesy Beth Rowlands.
        Mark:     1918   Courtesy Plenty O' Jewels.

La Royal - see Royal Bead

LA TAUSCA -- see Heller, L. & Son, Inc.

LA TAUSCA -- Mark was also used by Martin Low & Taussig, Providence, RI

Lacroix, Christian -- contemporary French designer -- Paris
        Mark:      Photo courtesy Erik Yang.

Lady Coventry -- see SARAH COVENTRY

Lady Ellen -- see Lederer

Lady Remington -- see Lia Sophia

Ladyette -- see MARATHON

LAGUNA -- see Royal Craftsmen
        Mark:   Laguna first used Feb. 1944    
        Hang tag      Photo courtesy David Pritchett.

        Hang tag     Photos courtesy Simply Sharon.
        Hang tag       Photos courtesy Simply Sharon.
        Mark:   Laguna tag   

LAMPL, WALTER--New York, NY -- 1921 - 1959
        Mark:   WALTER LAMPL -- block letters -- early mark.     Photo courtesy Cheri & Rocky Van Hoover.     Photo courtesy ID: justabunchawildflowers
        Mark:   LAMPL -- block letters -- early mark.
        Mark:   WL -- block lettrs -- early mark.
        Mark:   WL 10K     Photo courtesy Cheri & Rocky Van Hoover.
        Mark:   Sterling WL        ;  Another sterling mark   Photos courtesy Cheri & Rocky Van Hoover.
        Mark:   by Lampl -- script -- during Walter, Sr.'s lifetime and beyond.
        Mark:   WL script on a shield -- mid 1940's and after.     Photo courtesy Jennifer of Jennifer Lynn's Timeless Jewelry.
        Mark:   WL script on a shield -- mid 1940's and after.     Courtesy Lee Caplan
        Mark:         Courtesy Sam Mitchell.
        Mark:   By W. Lampl     Courtesy Lanae Williams
        Mark:        Courtesy Joan Smith
        Mark:   Sterling by Lampl      Photo courtesy Cheri & Rocky Van Hoover.
        Mark:   LAMPL STERLING
        Mark:   WALBURT - named for Walters's sons Walter & Burton; only used about a year 1944 into 1945.
        Mark:   Toddle-Tot -- used on children's jewelry.
        Mark:   Golden Threads
        Mark:   Silver Threads
        Some items were probably not marked.
        During WWII some Lampl jewelry was produced in Mexico.
        The company also made vanity items.
        Intricate charms for bracelets were a specialty.
        Lampl did not manufacture jewelry, but had other companies make the jewelry using his designs.
        Walter Lampl died at age 50 in 1945; his wife Sylvia and then his son Walter, Jr. managed the company.
        The family closed the business in 1959, rather than sell to outsiders.
        From a 1954 accessories show brochure: imported faceted beads on gold finished chain with gold beads--same with pearls--also 14k and sterling charms.
        Courtesy of Cheri van Hoover.

Lancette -- see SILSON

Lane, Kenneth J. -- 1963-present
        Mark:   Kenneth Lane with © --   1960's & 1970's; lots of large pieces.    Photo courtesy Laura Libio.
        Mark:   K.J.L. -- 1960's & 1970's; .     Photo courtesy Elizabeth Nyland.
        Mark:   Donald Stannard for Kenneth J. Lane  c. 1970.
        Mark:   Kenneth Jay Lane -- 1970's & 1980's.
        Mark:   K.J.L. for Avon  1986 to present (8/05)  
        Mark:   KJL for Laguna -- not sure of dates.
        Mark:   © KJL (no periods)  c. 1990; known to be used on pieces made in mass for QVC      Photo courtesy Elizabeth Nyland.
        Mark:    Kenneth Lane with © to the side -- probably 1990's to present.      Photo courtesy Elizabeth Nyland.
        Mark:   KJL Thailand     Courtesy Karla Wacker
        Information from Liz Bryman & Ann Hellie.

LANG (sterling) 1946--to at least 1977 ??
        Mark:   Sterling Lang     Photo courtesy Beth Rowlands.
         Have ad from 1977

langani -- see Schaad, Anni Lang

L.A. Times
        Mark:   
     Courtesy ID: eclecticgramma.

Latasia Jewelry -- Washington, DC -- contemporary company
        Mark:   Latasia   
        Jewelry sold by consultants through a party plan.

Latona -- see BOND BOYD

LAUREL BURCH -- see Burch, Laurel

LC -- see SARAH COVENTRY

Lea Stein -- see Stein, Lea

LEADING JEWELRY MFG. CO., Mamaroneck, NY -- see POLCINI

Ledo -- see LEADING JEWELRY MFG. CO

LEADER - 1934 - see Providence Stock Company

Leading Band -- see W. & H. JEWELRY CO.

Leading Lady -- see W. & H. JEWELRY CO.

Leavens Manufacturing Company; Attleboro, MA
        Mark:   "L" with banner marked "QJ"    Courtesy Jenny Wren
        Mark:   "L21" is the mark issued to Leavens to use on US military insignia.
        Founded in 11948 by Theodore Leavens, Lucy Fantaccione, Pete Taratian, Rauul LaCasse, orin Armstrong & Haig Abdian.
        Acquired by Oneida Ltd. in the mid-1970's.

LeC -- see Boucher


Lederer Brothers

  Mark:   Lady Ellen -- 1948


Lee, Judy see Judy-Lee

Lee Menichi -- see POLCINI

LEE, NANCY
        Have ad from 1946

LEE, SONIA -- Providence, RI
        Mark:   Sonia Lee in script     Photo courtesy Pam Wiggins.
        Have ads form 1946, 1947

Leiber, Judith- NY- 1963 to present
        Mark:   Judith Leiber     Courtesy Lilly Vittetow
        Known for handbags, but has also had a line of costume and now fine jewelry.

LEO GLASS -- 1928--1957
        Mark:   Leo Glass in script
        Mark:   Leo Glass sterling on an oval plaque
        Mark:   Leo Glass in script on 5 sided plaque
        Mark:   Courtly Jewels first used in 1946 -- had a foil hangtag
        Mark:   Courtly -- seen in a 1953 and 1959 Jeweler's Buyers Guide
        Mark:   Leo Glass      Courtesy Cathy Gordon.

        Mark:   L G - c. 1941      Elizabeth Taylor MGM Star, Fashion Jewelry styled by Leo Glass    Courtesy Aged and Opulent Jewelry
         Founded by Leo Glass in NY in 1928. He had worked for Lisner 10 years prior to that. He was a manufacturer & importer. He went bankrupt in 1957.
        Visit Cathy Gordon's gallery to see examples.

Leonardo -- see DaVinci Creations

Leru -- PELTON & LERU CORP., NY, NY -- c. 1950's-1960's (?)
        Mark:   Leru -- first used in 1956    

LES, BERNARD 1963-1996
        Mark:   
        Mark:   Sterling Les Bernard     Courtesy Deb Schneider
        Mark:   Marks on mechanical flower brooch    
        Mark:    Les Bernard   
        Founded by Bernard Shapiro, son of Harold Shapiro of Vogue jewelry, and Lester Joy, thus the name "Les Bernard".
        Lester Joy was a designer and Bernard Shapiro may have also done some of the designs.
        Les Bernard manufactured jewelry for Mary McFadden, James Galanos, the Dynasty Collection for the TV show and Ugo Correani.
        Read an article about Les Bernard by Ann Pittman.

LEWIS KIRSCHMAN -- see Kirschman, Lewis

LEWIS SEGAL -- see Segal, Lewis

L. Kapsis, NY,NY -
        Mark:        Courtesy Lilly Vittetow
        Founded in 1967; jewelry manufacturer.

Lia Sophia; Woodale, IL - 1986 to present
        Mark:   Lady Remington - 1986
        Mark:   LR     Courtesy Lynda Hodgins
        Formerly Act II Jewelry; name changed to Lady Remington when Act II was purchased by Victor Kiam in 1986.
         Act II/Lady Remington is now known as Lia Sophia Jewelry and is a direct sales company.
        The company was named after Kiam's granddaughters Lia and Sophia.

LIANNA, INC.; Cranston, RI -- at least from 1995 to June 2003
        Mark:   LIA      Photo courtesy of Gail Gupton

Liberty Buckle-On Watch Bracelets - see Providence Stock Company

LIDELL, NELLY c. May 1963

Lidz Brothers, NYC -- 1895 -
        Mark:   LIDZBRO
        Mark:   LIDZNY     Photo courtesy Jennifer from Jennifer Lynn's Timeless Jewelry.
        Mark:   LIDZ      Courtesy ID: eclecticgramma.
        Mark:   Costumakers 1958 print
        Mark:   Costumakers script at an angle 1945
        Manufactured Costume Makers Buttons, Sewing Notions and Novelties.
        Also made some costume jewelry, as pieces with a small metal plaque that says LIDZBRO have been found.
        Thanks to Elaine Lucier (green-mannequin on Ruby Lane) who bought a salesman's sample card of buckles & shared with RCJ. It reads, "Lidz Brothers, Inc. Founded 1895".         

LILIJA c. Jan. 1966

LILLY DACHE, INC., NY, NY -- see Dache, Lilly

Lilo -- see Sermol, Lilo

Lily White -- see Deknatel

Limoges
        Mark:      Photo courtesy Stefanie Brawner.

Lind-Gal, Inc., NYC
        Mark:   Letters "LG" with no other design - first use1952

Line Vautrin -- see Vautrin, Line

A.L. LINDROTH CO., Attleboro, MA
        Mark:   A.L.L. CO.
        Mentioned in Keystone in 1922
        Last mentioned in 1950

Lisa Jewels Co. -- Orange, NJ
        Mark:   Lisa     Courtesy Victoria James     Courtesy justabunchofwildflowers
        Mark:   Lisa Jewels - from a presentation box        Courtesy Jennie Smith

Lisanda -- see MARVELLA

LISNER -- D. Lisner & Co, of NY -- 1904 -- approx. 1985
        Mark:   LISNER - early mark    Courtesy Rebecca Fransway
        Mark:   Lisner     Courtesy David Pritchett,     Courtesy Karen Bird     Courtesy Rebecca Fransway
        Mark:   With copyright, after 1955    
        Mark:     Courtesy Lyn Peightal
        Mark:   Lanvin's Violet -- 1926
        Mark:   Crystalia (all caps) first used 1926
        Mark:   Diamond Jim Brady -- 1935
        Mark:   Stylized head mark used for children's costume jewelry 1935.
        Mark:   Lisner -- used since 1938
        Mark:   Men From Mars -- Dec. 1940
        Mark:   Powder-Blend -- mark for artificial pearls -- June 1940
        Mark:   Gremlin-- first used Oct. 1942
        Mark:   Junior Prom 1956
        Mark:   Lisner script with *L* in an oval with zipper-like design at top and bottom of oval) -- 1956
        Founded by David Lisner in 1904.
        In 1931 it was listed as only a wholesaler, and much of their jewelry was imported from Europe prior to the 1930's.
        Lisner was the authorized agent of Schiaparelli in the US, imported & distributed Schiaparelli jewelry prior to WW.2
        Urie Mandle joined Lisner as a full partner in the 1930's.
        In 1930's Lisner began to produce jewelry in Providence, RI. Other companies actually manufactured the jewelry for Lisner, including Whiting & Davis.
        Lisner bought the Richelieu Pearl Co. in mid-1970's and company was re-named Lisner-Richelieu Corp. A 1960 ad indicates a possible earlier connection.
        Victoria Creations purchased Lisner-Richelieu in 1979.
        Jones apparel Group currently owns the Lisner name, but is not making Lisner jewelry.
        Lisner jewlery has not been made since the mid-1980's.
        Information courtesy Susan Klein. Read her articles for more information on Lisner jewelry:  Lisner Jewelry  and  For The Love Of Lisner

Lister, Farah -- London, England
        Designing jewelry since 1986.
        Has a collection named "Angels" in Sterling Silver.
        Involved in design for Swarovski's Signity line for 2005.

Little Flower Rosary -- see Stern, Louis

LITTLE NEMO MFG. CO., Providence, RI    1913 -- 1978 -- confirmed a subsidiary of Brier Mfg. Co.*
        Mark:   Little Nemo inside the shape of a ring.
        Mark:   "Nemo Gold Seal Quality LN/25"     "Stones Hand Set"     Courtesy Rita Perloff.
        Mark:   LN/25   
        Mark:   L/N   
        Mark:   LN inside a flattened diamond shape  
        Mark:   LN   
        Mark:   LN/25 inside a flattened diamond shape   
        Mark:   LN 50   
        Little Nemo was founded by Benjamin Brier, Charles Brier & Samuel Magid in 1913.
        Little Nemo found in Keystone jewelers magazine in 1922, 1931 & 1965
        Visit   Aurora Bijoux LN Jewelry Gallery   to view a wonderful collection of LN jewelry -- thanks to Jenny Stephens.
        *See Brier Mfg. Co.; confirmed through research done by Cheri Van Hoover.

Liz Claiborne -- see Claiborne, Liz

LJM -- Laurentian Jewellery Manufacturing, Montreal 1955.
        Mark:     Photo courtesy Laura Libio.

LOCKE, PATRICIA c. 1970's, 1980's ?
        Was based in Chicago.

LONGCRAFT -- see Long's

Long's (Thomas Long Co., Inc.) -- Boston, MA -- 1878 until present
        Mark:   Longcraft - 1946     Photo courtesy of Gail Gupton
        Mark:   Giovanni by Longcraft     Courtesy
        Thomas Long Co. became "Long's" which lists itself as a retailer & designer of jewelry.

Look Of The Real -- see Crystal Brands

LOOP LINKS -- see Swank, Inc.

L'Opera -- see MARVELLA

Lord Coventry -- see SARAH COVENTRY

LOUIS FERAUD -- see Fernaud, Louis

Louis Rousselet -- see Rousselet

LOUIS STERN CO., INC., -- see Lustern

LOUVAINE PEARLS -- Lassner & Bamberger, Inc., NY, NY
        Keystone has them listed in 1922 as manufacturers of jewelry with precious & imitation stones

Lovable s(cript) -- see CORO

Love Locket -- see CORO

LUCIEN PICCARD ORIGINAL -- A. BLUMSTEING, INC., NY, NY
        Mark:   Lucien Piccard Original first used Jan. 1947     Courtesy Barb Jackson

Lucky Buck (script) -- see CORO

Lucky Elephant see VARGAS

Lunch at the Ritz -- 1982
        Mark:   Lunch At The Ritz © 88 (in hand script)      Photo courtesy Erik Yang.
        Mark:   Lunch At The Ritz © (in block print)
        Mark:   Lunch At The Ritz © on rectangular plaque     Courtesy Carol Hearn
        Mark:   Lunch AT The Ritz © (hand printed)     Courtesy Carol Hearn
        Mark:   LATR    Courtesy Lisa Pantoja
        Established by Alexis Watts and Esme Hecht.
        The pieces were signed from 1984-1990, then they started with the copyright stamp. (info provided by Cathy Gorden)

Lunt Silversmiths -- 1902 to present -- Greenfield, MA
        Mark:   Lunt Sterling   
         Originally incorporated in 1902 as the Rogers, Lunt and Bowlen Co.
        Lunt purchased A.F. Towle Co. in 1902, including all of their silverware patterns; patterns from 1903 on are marked with the Lunt trademark.

Lustern -- see Stern, Louis

Lustralite (script) -- see CORO

Gerda Lynggaard --see Monies


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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