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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)
        Mark:   Tara

Tara -- Sperry Mfg. Co.
        Tara Co., Div. Sperry Mfg. Co., 52 Salem St., Providence, RI.

        Mark:   Tara   
        Original box marked "Tara Craftsmen Jewelers, For Everlasting Finish".     Larger view
        Enclosure:     Larger view
        Images courtesy Shanti Forte

Tara
        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.


Tenorio, Roderick

  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   
        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.

TOWLE
        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:   TRIFARI  
        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
        Mark:   Trigere  
        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


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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