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   -- see New England Glass Works

*N* inside oval -- see NAPIER

Naco -- see NAPIER

N.E. -- see From

NADJA BUCKLEY -- see Buckley, Nadja

Nancy & Rise, NY - 1987
        Mark:        Courtesy
        Acquired by Frank Jedda, of Frank Stella, and Ezra Sheena in 1997.

NANCY LEE - 1934 - see Providence Stock Company

NAPIER --The Napier-Bliss Co., Meriden, CT -- 1875 (Bliss)-- Oct. 15,1999 --
        Mark:   Bliss c. 1920
        Mark:   Napier inside a cartouche first used 1920
        Mark:   Napier -- block print first used June 1922       Photo courtesy Erik Yang.
        Mark:   *A* inside triangle 1923     Courtesy RCJ
        Mark:   *N* inside oval elongated side-to-side1923
        Mark:   Naco 1923
        Mark:   Napier ( c. 1920', 1930's)      Photo courtesy Cathy Gordon.
        Mark:   Trianon -- first used 1924
        Mark:   Du Barry Bag
        Mark:   The Dolly Madison Bracelet - first used 1925, renewed 1986, now dead     from US Trademark site
        Mark:   Palm Beach Vanity
        Mark:   by Napier in shield-shape 1942
        Mark:   Napier Quality--inside circle--first used 1946
        Mark:   Napier Sterling     Photo courtesy Beth Rowlands.
        Mark:   Napier Pat. Pend.     Courtesy RCJ
        Mark:   With copyright, after 1955     RCJ
        Mark:   This Napier mark first used in 1965 (US Trademark records)       Photos by RCJ
        Mark:   Mark on necklace with patent number from 1988
        Mark:   Napier in script was used in the early 1990's WITHOUT the copyright symbol
        Mark:   Napier © - incised in the top of a pinstem of a brooch introduced in 1993     Courtesy RCJ
        Mark:   This Napier mark first used in 1996 (US Trademark records)     Courtesy RCJ

        Napier marketed 14K gold jewelry on a limited scale in the 1960's and the early 1970's.  Pieces were usually small: stud, hoop & dangle earrings; diaper pins; delicate brooches.
        Some pieces had cultured pearls or small diamond accents.    All 14K jewelry was manufactured by an outside source.   Information from Melinda Abbott Lewis

        Original company, Whitney And Rice was founded in 1875 in Attleboro, MA.
        Became E.A. Bliss Co. by 1883 and moved to Meridian, CN, in 1890 -- see Bliss listing.
        Bliss Co. became Bliss/Napier c. 1915.
        Name changed to Napier Company in 1922
        The company was closed 1/15/99 by it's parent company Victoria & Co.
        Napier is still in business under Jones New York, but the jewelry is not the same quality as pre-1999.
        Unmarked jewelry on Napier cards is still being sold in department stores.
        Information from Rainwater, Dolan and Keystone Jewelry

Natalie Kahn -- see Kahn

Natalie -- Nat Levy

Natalie Originals -- see Nat Levy

NATASHA BROOKS -- see Brooks, Natasha

Natty Creations -- see Nat Levy

Nat Levy - Ny, Ny - c. 1930's
        Mark:   Natty Creations    Courtesy Mabel Thomas
        Mark:   Natalie Originals - 1943
        Mark:   Natalie     Courtesy Gail Harrison
        Marks used by Nat Levy.

Natura -- see MARVELLA

Nautique -- see TRIFARI

NAVIGATOR - 1934 - see Providence Stock Company

Neatron - see Silverman

Negrin, Michal -- contemporary designer -- Israel
        Mark:         Photo courtesy Erik Yang.

NEMO -- see Brier Mfg. Co.

NEMO-- Milton A. Fischer, NY, NY
        Nemo -- block print with closed "O" --April 1920 -- appears on scarf pin findings

Neptuna - see Royal Craftsmen

Neptune -- see MARVELLA

NETTIE ROSENSTEIN -- see Rosenstein, Nettie

New England Glass Works - 1911 - 1957/1958; Providence, RI
        Mark:   American Beauty - 1921 - used for imitation pearls (Dolan)
        Mark:   NE inside a chalice     Courtesy Debbie Robinson
        Mark:   Outline of a chalice     Courtesy Stefanie Brawner
        In 1938 the New England Glass Works Co., became Rice-Weiner & Co., but the NEGW name continued to be used. (Brunialti)
        A number of years ago Susan Felby in Australia purchased a very old cardboard box of jewelry. The box had a label of a goblet with an NE inside the outline, the words "New England Glass Works", a 2 or 3 digit phone number and "New York".  Some of the jewelry had the goblet/NE mark, some pieces had the goblet without the NE. On the inside of the box was a handwritten note in lead pencil that read, "factory closed 1920's".
        Thanks to Susan in Australia and to Sammie for helping pull this information together.

Nicky Butler -- see Butler, Nicky

Niels Erik -- see From

NIELSON, LAYNE -- c. Sept. 1967

Nife-slide -- see Anson

Night Owls -- see CORO

NINA RICCI -- see Ricci, Nina

NLH -- Hyman Companies, Inc. -- Allentown, PA
        Opened first boutique in 1987.
        Company owns and operates Landau Costume Jeweler, Landau, NLH Jewels and Boccelli
      http://www.landaujewelry.com

Nordic Silver Co., New York--c.1945
        Mark:   Sterling by Nordic
        Designer--Frederick Bieberbach
        Info courtesy of Jeri Steenwerth & Linda Kripke.

NORMA -- Mark of Joseph H. Meyer Bros., Brooklyn, NY
        Mark:   Norma in script-- used since 1938

NORMA -- Norma Jewelry Corp., NY, NY -- c. 1944 - 1950's
        Mark:   NORMA     Photo courtesy Beth Rowlands.
        Founded by Alfred Shawl

Norma Jean Designs -- Providence, RI 1984 -- still in business as of June 2003
        Mark:   Norma Jean    Courtesy Carolyn Henry
        Norma Jean Bassett, first show in 1984.

Norseland -- see CORO

The Nov-E-line Mfg. Co.-- 1650 Broadway, NYC, NY; c. 1934
        Mark:   Nov-E-Line     Courtesy Lyn Peightal
        Mark:   Nov-E-Line     Courtesy Barb Jackson

N. S. Meyer -- NY -- 1868-2000
        Mark:      
        Made military insignia for US and other countries
        Purchases by Vanguard in 2000

Nu Kay -- see KREMENTZ

NU-LOK -- see Swank, Inc.

Numum see FORSTNER--FORSTNER CHAIN CORP

NYE -- STUART NYE SILVER SHOP 1933 -- present
        Mark:   Shamrock with NYE in the 3 petals
        Mark:   NYE     Photo courtesy Stefanie Brawner.
        Founded by Stuart Nye in 1933 in Ashville, NC; he died in 1962
        Products are all handmade


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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