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TABBY -- Claire Baxter Marcus, NY, NY
Mark: TABBY first used June, 1940, on jewelry and jewelry fasteners.
This finding was used to slide onto a zipper pull on a zip-up jacket or sweater. Photo courtesy Cheri Van Hoover.
Takahashi Birds -- early 1940's into 1980's
Mark: K.T. Courtesy Kathy Gordon
Some made before 1970 are marked K.T.; marked K&Y and date after 1970; some only dated and some unmarked..
Copies were made in 1970's, but pins were attached with screws, rather than the push-pins used on the originals.
Made by Yoneguma and Kiyoka Takahashi beginning in the early 1940's while they were confined in Poston Camp, AZ, after Pearl Harbor was bombed.
Information provided by Cathy Gordon.
Tammey Jewels - Indianapolis, Indiana - 1961 until at least 1986
Mark: Photo courtesy ID: justabunchawildflowers
Founded by Jean Barnes, who sold the company in 1986.
Some jewelry for Tammey's Jewels was made by Hollycraft.
TANCER & TWO --est. 1971
Mark: Tancer II
Mark: T & 11
Est. in 1971 by Michael Tancer who had been with Coro until 1969.
Partners are Lynne Gordon & Marge Borofsky, founders of Mylu Designs Co. Also worked for Coro, heading the Mylu division until 1970.
Info from Rainwater.
Have an ad from 1976
TARA Fifth Avenue -- c. 1960's -- NYC, then moved to CA
Mark: "Tara" paper hang tag
Mark: TARA Photo courtesy ID: justabunchawildflowers
Mark: Paper hangtag Courtesy Dottie Sheffield, ID: jim-n-dottie
Mark: CourtesyDottie Sheffield, ID: jim-n-dottie
Mark: Courtesy Dottie Sheffield, ID: jim-n-dottie
Mark: Courtesy Dottie Sheffield, ID: jim-n-dottie
Mark: Photo courtesy Cyndy Threadgill.
Mark: Tara Fifth Avenue found on card, not on the earrings. Frank DeLizza has confirmed that they weren't made by D&E.
Some jewelry in the Juliana style was manufactured by DeLizza & Elster for Tara
Other companies besides D&E made some Tara jewelry, and Tara may have manufactured some of their own after the move to California.
Was located in NYC, then moved to Garden Grove, CA, around 1965.
Daniel O'Farrell was President and Fred Lebwohl was chief of design and development.
Info courtesy Dottie Sheffield, ID: jim-n-dottie
View a Tara Fifth Avenue catalog from a 1965 sales kit.
Tara -- Tara Jewellry Co. -- Dublin, Ireland
Mark: Tara Courtesy Rachel Cooper
TARA -- TARA JEWELS CO. CALIF. --currently in business (Jan. '04)
Tara -- Sperry Mfg. Co.
Tara Co., Div. Sperry Mfg. Co., 52 Salem St., Providence, RI.
Original box marked "Tara Craftsmen Jewelers, For Everlasting Finish". Larger view
Enclosure: Larger view
Images courtesy Shanti Forte
Mark: Still another Tara mark, but in script Courtesy ID: Vactoria.
TAYLOR MAID -- MARTIN A. TAYLOR CO., Philadelphia, PA
Taylord & Co. -- Newark, NJ -- c 1940?
Mark: TAYLORD with "Sterling" above and "1/20 18KT" below Courtesy Ann Robinson ID: 9am.
Mark: Taylord Sterling Courtesy Mary Walden-Till.
Tchechoslovakia -- see Czechoslovakia
Tczechoslovakia -- see Czechoslovakia
TECLA -- M. TECLA & Co., NY, NY -- assignor to the Tecla Corp.
Mark: Tecla first used for jewelry in 1906
Have an ad from 1916 & 1919
Teen Kraft -- see MARATHON
Teen-O-Grams -- see CORO
Teenette see FORSTNER--FORSTNER CHAIN CORP
Tempt Me -- see CORO
Tennesmed, Rune -- Sweden
Mark: Photo courtesy eclecticgramma.
Mark: "RMT" above what appears to be a rope loop with two hatch marks across it. Photo courtesy Relios
The Adjustable -- see Gem-Craft
The Angel of Love -- see CORO
The Avenue -- see CORO
The Beautiful endures -- see Crystal Brands
The Diamond Look (script) -- see KRAMER
The Dolly Madison Bracelet -- see Napier
The Fashioncraft Jewelry Co., , Ny, Ny -- 1942--1979
Mark: Original by Robert -- 1942 -1979 Photo courtesy Linda Lange.
Mark: Fashioncraft Robert -- early 1940's
Mark: Pinless Pin -- 1945
Mark: Robert -- especially on earrings Photo courtesy Jennifer Lynn's Timeless Jewelry.
Fashioncraft was founded by designer Robert Levy, David Jaffe and Irving Landsman
The name was changed to Robert Originals Inc. (about 1960 -- Rezazadeh)
Robert Levy retired in 1975 and Ellen Jaffe (David's daughter) joined the company
1979 the name was changed to Ellen Designs for Robert Originals
1984 it became Ellen Designs
THE Golden Look (script) -- see KRAMER
The Sulton Co., Honolulu - 1924 to present
Mark: "S" within a crown shape Courtesy KayeJaye
The Real Look -- see DeNicola
THEDA -- IDEAL MFG. CO., Providence, RI
Mark: Theda -- since May 1921
Thierry Mugler -- see Mazer
Theodor Fahrner -- see Fahrner, Theador
Theodore W. Foster & Bro. Co. 1973 - at least 1951 -- Providence, RI
Mark: F&B Courtesy eclecticgramma
Founded in 1873 under name White and Foster
Became Foster & Bailey in 1878
Became Theodore W. Foster & Bro. Co. in 1898
Thomas Long Co. -- see Long's
Thorobreds -- see CORO
Tianra Misu -- NY-- contemporary company
Mark: Tiara Misu -- 1998
Tiempo de Fiesta -- see ELZAC
Tickled Pink (script) -- see CORO
Tiny Jewels -- see W & H Jewelry
Tofa Jewelery Incorporated - Cliffside, NJ -- contemporary
Mark: Courtesy RCJ
Token of Love see FORSTNER--FORSTNER CHAIN CORP
Tone Vigeland -- see Vigelund, Tone
TOP -- see Weiss
Torino Creations, Inc., Cranston RI -- still in business as of june 2003
Mark: ©Torino Photo courtesy eclecticgramma.
Mark: ©Torino Photo courtesy eclecticgramma.
Paul Voccio, President
TORTOLANI 1950 -- 1976 --now back in business (2002)
Mark: Tortolani Photo courtesy eclecticgramma.
Older pieces also have the copyright mark in front of "Tortolani" in the signature.
Mark: Corina with a copyright mark.
Mark: Tortolani with copyright below is their re-issue mark
Mark: Tortolani Crislu - 1970's Photo courtesy Lilly Vittetow.
Francisco Tortolani founded Mastercraft Jewelry Co. in Providence, RI
After WWII he moved to Los Angeles, CA, where he founded Tortolani Jewelry.
Tortolani made jewelry from 1950--1976.
When Frank closed his factory, his son Donald Tortolani continued to make promotional products.
At age 70, Frank returned to create a new line he named Corina
Frank passed away at the age of 90 in 1997.
Don Sr., Don Jr. and granddaughter Robin continue the Tortolani company.
Mark: Seen on Sterling pendants
Mark: Towle Courtesy ID: eclecticgramma.
Travelogue -- see CORO
Traynor, Mark -- see Joseh Meyer
Treza -- see see Joseh Meyer
Tri-Slide -- see Anson
Triad -- a Canadian jewelry company
Mark: TRIAD Photo courtesy Luda Tovey.
Trianon -- see Napier
TRIFARI -- 1918-present
Mark: TK in a circle Courtesy Dianne Lavenburg (from 1922 TradeMarks of the Jewelry and Kindred Trades -- Jewelers' Circular)
Mark: KTF 1935 Photo courtesy Erik Yang.
Mark: Clipmate -- Trifari patented their clipmate holder . They are often seen with just the patent date.
Mark: Trifari --elongated--used since Dec. 1937.
Mark: Trifari printed in tall, slim version, crown silhouette above the "T" -- 1930's--1940's .
Mark: COPR. Trifari Pat. Pend. -- 1948 Photo Rita Perloff; Info Robin Deutsch
Mark: Trifari Copr. 1948 Photo Mary Ann Docktor-Smith; Info Robin Deutsch
Mark: Trifari printed without elongated letters & different crown. This was the most important logo 1940's--1950's. Photo courtesy ID: jewel-nut.
Found on double prong dressclip with patent date of Feb. 1940. Courtesy Tammy (alleycat9).
Mark: Trifari 1940's
Mark: Clip-mates Photo courtesy a friend.
Mark: Clip-Mates, Trifari with crown over the "T" 1940-1955 Photos courtesy a friend .
Mark: Trifari Pat. Pend -- 1940's Courtesy RCJ
Sterling was used from 1942-1947 & often had a vermeil coating. Photo courtesy Erik Yang.
Mark: Copyright by Trifari 1959 Courtesy ID aquadrops
Hang tag first used in 1954; changes made to tag design over the years.
Mark: Another Trifari mark
Mark: "Made in France for Trifari" Photo courtesy Terri Marnell. 1951 newspaper ad featured twisted rope chain jewelry "Made in France for Jewels by Trifari." Courtesy Robin Deutsch
Mark: With copyright, after 1955 Photo courtesy Ann Robinson - ID: 9am
Mark: Trifari with solid crown & copyright mark
Mark: Johnathan Bailey 1970's -- large tag (front & back) found with brooch Photos courtesy Jenny Wren.
Mark: Kunio Matsumoto for Trifari---late 1970's Photo courtesy Bonnie Rasche. Photo courtesy ID: justabunchawildflowers
Mark: Trifari in cursive font, enclosed in a circle -- 1970's & 1980's.
Mark: Trifari in cursive font at a slant, with the copyright mark.
Mark: Trifari in Circle which contains the copyright mark --1980's.
Mark: Marcella Saltz for Trifari 1980's-1990's Photo courtesy Bonnie Rasche.
Mark: Trifari on Rectangle with copyright mark on hang tags; no marks on jewelry.
Mark: TRIFARI tm on raised platform - 1980's & on HSN jewelry -- current Photo courtesy Lilly Vittetow.
In 1996 Trifari re-issued some of their older pieces and added the date to the signature.
Trifanium was a special alloyed casting metal Trifari used to make their cast pieces, which were then polished and plated.
Some Trifari Lines:
Line: Jewels by Trifari - crown over "T"-1920. Photo courtesy Lyn Peightal; Hang Tag photos - Tracie Houk
Line: Trifari Le Touquet -- for sports jewelry -- used since 1929
Line: Parquet -- beach jewelry -- April 1929
Line: Gainsborough -- 1932 (different form used in 1959)
Line: Jewels by Trifari - hangtag-- 1950's Courtesy Lani Peterson.
Line: Orientique by Trifari -- 1950 Courtesy RCJ
Line: Tie-Ups Aug. 1957 Photo courtesy Susan at Eureka.
Line: Triege by Trifari Sept. 1958
Line: Gainsborough --1959 (different form used in 1932) Courtesy RCJ
Line: Etoile by Trifari --1961 Courtesy RCJ
Line: Twin-Clasp 1954
Line: Marvellora - 1964; first owned by Marvella; last owned by Trifari.
Line: Nautique -- 1965
Line: Astro-Gems -- 1969
Mark: Aldo Cipullo Trifari Courtesy Gloria Barnhart
Line: Satique -- 1979
Line: Triege -- 1979
Line: White Blush -- 1983
Line: Charade -- 1985
Line: Hot shots -- 1986
Line: Me-To-You Gift Collection by Trifari -- 1981 Courtesy RCJ
Line: Trifari Connections - 1990 (owner Crystal Brands)
Some Trifari designers:
Alfred Spaney 1930's and 1940's.
David Mir 1930's and 1940's.
Norman Bel Geddes c. 1940
Joseph Wuyts c. 1940
Alfred Philippe joined as designer in 1930, retired in 1968.
Benedetto Panetta pre-1945
Jean Paris 1950's and 1960's
Lucius Passavanti 1950's and 1960's
Andre Boeut 1960's and 1970's
Johnathan Bailey 1970's
Aldo Cipullo 1970's
Diane Love -- 1970's; Her Trifari designs only had paper hang tags with her name.
Marsha Breslow for Trifari--1970's
Kenneth J. Lane for Trifari--1977
Kunio Matsumoto for Trifari---late 1970's
Marcella Saltz for Trifari 1980's-1990's
Mark: Trifari with "S", "M" or "L" to the side --used to show size bangle bracelets in the 1980's -- info courtesy of Anne Morrissey
According to Jim Katz of jewelrypatents.com, the first instance of Trifari necklace using a J hook is July 21, 1947.
Gustavo Trifari & Leo Krussman went into business in 1918.
Carl Fishel joined Trifari & Krussman and they incorporated in 1925.
Research indicates Trifari marked all their pieces see text in ad Courtesy Robin Deutsch.
1975 -- purchased by Hallmark
1988 -- purchased by Crystal Brands Jewelry Corp.
1994 -- purchased by Chase Capital Partners, Lattice Holding; a division of the Monet Group
July 2000 -- Monet Group, including Trifari and Marvella, bought by Liz Claiborne and moved out of the country
See "Copyright" on the "C" page for more information.
Some info from VFCJ Vol. 9, #2 Spring 1999; Marcia Brown; Cherri Simonds
TRIGERE, PAULINE c. Sept. 1960
Died 2/13/02 at age 93; designed fashions from the 1940's until after 2000.
Trio Tricks -- see CORO
Tru Art Jewelry Co., Inc. - Providence, RI; c. 1964
Mark: Tru Art
Mark: Tru Art Sterling Courtesy Pat Seal
Many Tru Art pieces look like 1940's styles, so they may have been in business during that time.
Found where the company took out a loan in 1964.
Address in 1964 - 50 Aleppo St., Providence, RI.
Trueart -- see Hingeco Vanities, Inc.
Trustyle see FORSTNER--FORSTNER CHAIN CORP
Tulla Booth -- see Booth
Turtles on Parade -- see UNCAS
Twin-Clasp -- see Trifari
Tween-Age Jewelry - see Wertheimer
Twin Tones -- see CORO
Two Sisters Jewelry Co. -- contemporary
Founded by sisters Leah and Lauren Medici; jewelry appears to be made in China.
Tyton -- see R. F. SIMMONS
PAT SEAL: research files
DOTTY STRINGFIELD: research files
LUCILLE TEMPESTA: owner-publisher of the Vintage Fashion & Costume Jewelry Magazine
BOBYE SYVERSON: research files.
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