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W

see Webster Company.

"W" in a triangle -- see White, J.J.

W. & D. -- see Whiting & Davis

W.E. see Stern, Louis

W.H.H. - see W.H. Haseler

W.H. Haseler - Birmingham, England
        Mark:  W.H.H.      Courtesy Carolyn Sunday.
        Founded in 1870 by William Hair Haseler.

W. & H. JEWELRY CO., Inc. -- Providence, RI c. 1965
        Mark:   Harwood first used April 1937.
        Mark:   Harwood Leading Lady     Courtesy Lilly Vittetow
        Mark:   Leading Lady used since June 1940.
        Mark:   Leading Band first used August 1940.
        Mark:   Co-Star first used 1940. (Dolan)     Photo courtesy Simply Sharon.
        Mark:   Tiny Jewels since 1940 (Dolan)
        Mark:   WH (co-joined)    Courtesy Barbara Schwartz
        Mark:   W & H
        Mark:   Jack 'N Jill

Waite_Evans -- see Stern, Louis

Walburt -- see Lampl, Walter

Walker, Albert
        View an Albert Walker catalog from 1915.

Walt Disney
        Mark:         Photo courtesy ID: justabunchawildflowers

WARNER c. 1950's - 1970's
        Mark:   Warner  
        Mark:   Joseph Warner     Courtesy Mary Ann Docktor-Smith
        Owner -- Joseph Warner.

Warner New York
        Mark:   Warner New York     Courtesy eclecticgramma

W. E. RICHARDS -- see Richards, W. E.

Webster Company -1879 - Attleboro, MA
        Mark:   Sterling & the logo   
        Founded by George K. Webster.

Weckstrom, Bjorn
        Mark:      Photo courtesy Cathy Gordon.

Weeber, Marion
        Weeber designed jewelry for Coro 1940 - 1941.
        Mark:   Her personal studio jewelry was signed "Marion Weeber"      Photo courtesy Cheri Van Hoover.
        She also designed whimsical plastic buttons during the 1940's.

WEINREICH BROTHERS --see Marvella

WEISS -- ALBERT WEISS & CO., INC., NY, NY -- 1942-1971 (Wice -- like "rice")
        Mark:   Albert Weiss New York      Photo courtesy Glitz & Glitter Boutique.
        Mark:   Weiss N.Y.     Courtesy Linn Alber
        Mark:   Weiss -- first used1951  
        Mark:   ©Weiss   
        Tags were also marked A.W.Co.
        Mark:   Jewels by Albert Weiss & AWCo, with a "W" crown on a brooch card        Courtesy RCJ
        Mark:   Pieces have been seen with both "TOP" and "Weiss" on them.     Photo courtesy eclecticgramma.
        Mark:   Weiss/Weissco first used 1947
        Mark:   WEISSCO - first used 1947     Photo courtesy Jennifer from Jennifer Lynn's Timeless Jewelry.
        Mark:   WEISSCO NY     Courtesy Lyn Peightal
        Identical rhinestone clips have been found -- one marked Weiss and one marked Weissco.  Front of clips    Back of clips
        Thanks to Plenty O'Jewels@Rubylane for sharing proof that WEISSCO was an Albert Weiss mark and for much of the other Weiss information contained here.
        Weiss did not design all of their jewelry, and manufactured none of it.
        Some items were made for Weiss by Hollycraft, including Christmas trees
        Have ads from 1954 thru 1966

Weiss Mexico
        Mark:   Weiss Sterling 925 Mex and in the center it either says SIII or 1115      Photo courtesy Paula Robinson.

Weisner, Joseph -- see Joseph Weisner

WELL'S JEWELRY c. May 1964
        Mark:   Wells
        Pierced earrings
        Have ads from 1964 & 1965

Wells Inc., Attleboro, MA 1922 -- 1978
        Mark:   Wells 14K GF    Courtesy Norma Adams
        Mark:         Photo courtesy Glitz & Glitter Boutique.
        Mark:   Wells 10K G.F.     Photo courtesy Linda Lange.
        Mark:   Wells Sterling      Photo courtesy eclectic gramma.
        1977 combined with Benrus to become Wells Benrus Corp.
        Left the jewelry industry in 1978.

WENDY GELL -- see Gell, Wendy

Wertheimer, E.K. c.1930 to at least 1972; NY, NY
        Mark:   A Werthley Creation 1930
        Mark:   Werthley Whipoos 1946
        Mark:   Tween-age Jewelry

Werthley Whipoos - see Wertheimer

West Germany / Western Germany -- see Germany

Whirlaway -- see CORO


White Blush -- see Trifari

White Copper by Renoir -- see RENOIR

White, J.J.; Providfence, RI; 1896 - at least until 1978
        Mark:   "W" in a triangle     Courtesy Lee Caplan
        Mark:   Crusader
        Mark:   Helgen Mfg. Co.
        Mark:    letter "H" with small triangle above and below the letter.
        Mark:   Horoscope

White Jet-- see Dalsheim

WHITE METAL CASTER'S ASSOC., INC., NY, NY
        Mark:   WMCA -- first used June 1930     Photo courtesy Stefanie Brawner.
        Mark:   WMCA     Courtesy Richard Hanson
        Mark:   WMCA     Courtesy Jessica Hope


White MFG. Co. -- North Attleboro, MA
        Mark:   WhiteCo -- first used in 1928.     Photo courtesy Lilly Vittetow.

Whiting, Frank M. -- N. Attleboro, MA - C. 1878 -- c. 1960
        Mark:   Griffin holding a shield with a "W" on it. Not used after 1896.

        Mark:   first used 1896     Courtesy RCJ
        Made Sterling flatware; accessories such as bookmarks, etc. Don't know if they made any jewelry.
        Thanks to Carolyn Davis for bringing this info to our attention.

WHITING AND DAVIS -- WHITING & DAVIS CO., Plainville, MA
        Mark:   Whiting & Davis Chain Co., first used Nov. 1926
        Mark:   Whiting Davis         Photo courtesy Simply Sharon.

        Mark:   
        Mark:   Alumesh
        Mark:   Beadite
        Mark:   Perlimesh
        Mark:   Mesh-Mates c 1950    courtesy Joan Elias Vogel.
        Mark:     Courtesy eclecticgramma
          Logo on a presentation box -- RCJ
        Mark:   Oromesh     Courtesy Sandra Carroll; see Mesh Mates card above
        Mark:   Bracelet was found with both these marks on it, but can find no information.        Courtesy Cathy Corday
        Rainwater states that the folloing marks were discontinued by 1915:
        Mark:   W. & D.
        Mark:   Alice Nielsen
        Mark:   Florodoro
        Mark:   Yo San
        They stopped making non-mesh jewelry in 1980.
        They stopped making mesh jewelry in 1991.

WHITNEY, FRANNY c. Dec. 1967
        Sculptured jewelry.


Whiteside & Blank

  Mark: Arrow through a "C" or crescent   Photo courtesy RCJ

WIESNER -- WIESNER OF MIAMI, INC., Miami Beach, FL -- c. 1953
        Have ad for "trickettes" from 1953

WIESNER -- we don't know which Wiesner company used this mark.

Wiesner, Joseph -- N.Y. - until at least 1954
        Mark:   Joseph Wiesner N.Y.      Photo courtesy Beth Rowlands.
        Mark: Astra c. 1950's. Courtesy Sammie.     Courtesy Linda Lombardo
        Listed in a 1954 brouchure of an accessories show at the Hotel McAlpin in NY

Wild Bryde Jewelry -- El Sobrante, CA -- 1980 to present
        Mark:   Wild Bryde     Courtesy Carol Hearn
        Mark:   WB     Courtesy justabunchawildflowers
        Mark:   Wild Bryde     Courtesy
        Jewelry is based on nature and animals. Hand-hammered base metal is recycled brass which is then plated in either 14k gold or rhodium.
        Founded by artists Mike Warner and Tracy Holzman; now owned by Mike Warner.


Willitts Designs International

  Mark:      Photo courtesy Matt & Patti Ribarich


Winard - until at least 1954
        Mark:   Winard 1/20 - 12 KGF     Courtesy RCJ
        Mark:      Photo courtesy ID: justabunchawildflowers.
        Mark:      Photo courtesy justabunchawildflowers.
        Listed in a 1954 brouchure of an accessories show at the Hotel McAlpin in NY

Wind, John -- Philadelphia, PA -- contemporary artist
        Mark:   Maximal Art -- 1985; commercial line of John Wind    Courtesy Cindy Amirkhan
        He started the John Wind Signature Collection in 2004.

WMCA -- see WHITE METAL CASTER'S ASSOC

Wolf, Nina
        Mark:   Nina Wolf
        Have ads from 1943, 1946

Wolpert, Ludwig -- (1900-1981
        Mark:   WOLPERT    Photo & information courtesy Laura Libio.
        Silversmith designer of Judaica, who worked exclusively for the Jewish Museum in New York.

Wood, J.R. -- see J.R. Wood

Wood Nymph -- see CORO

Worn The Most From Coast To Coast -- see CORO

WRE-- see W. E. RICHARDS CO.

Wristacrat -- see LOUIS STERN CO., INC.


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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