Several New 1930s Mystery Maker Finds

I’ve recently found several “new” designs by my elusive and mysterious 1930s jewelry maker, including a chain never seen before as well as a new pairing of design elements.


1930s brass triple ring choker view 1

This fascinating piece is one of two “finds” by a reader (thank you so much for the photos, Sarah!) and is the first time I’ve seen an all-metal (meaning no enamel) necklace of theirs in a choker length. The triple circle design in front is also being seen for the first time and is oh so very Art Deco! The closest ‘relative’ to this necklace is the green necklace/bracelet set included in an earlier post. Sarah’s photo niccely shows the detail of the central station area, and I’m amazed at what fantastic condition those three ‘rings’ are in! The necklace is 14” long so it is a true choker length.


vintage 1930s enamel bow necklace v1

Another newfound design is this 17” long necklace that combines two known elements plus a new chain style. Here the ‘nubbly bow’ is paired with the drop from the large bow. The seller of this necklace described the colors as “pink and cream” although to my eyes it appears more of a brownish pink (though probably the same salmon-pink as the triple-box-chain necklace here). This chain, composed of thin lozenge shapes with what appears to be a fine milgrain edge, is one that I’ve never seen before but clearly is original since the colors are a perfect match to the bow elements.
vintage 1930s enamel bow necklace v2vintage 1930s enamel bow necklace v3The third photo not only shows the construction of this particular bow style but also that both sides of the chain are painted – not just the front side, as one would expect. It also shows that the bow’s actual construction could differ: compare this photo with the one below which is the back of the bow/drop/snakechain necklace seen in a prior update.
15b snake chain bow reverse



vintage 1930s silver tone bow necklace

Sarah’s other find is the all-silvertone large-bow-and-drop necklace but with their flat mesh chain instead of the formerly-seen box or link chains.



1930s blue and black enamel bow necklace

And with perfect timing, here’s a necklace using the same chain/bow pairing, this time in a newfound colorway of blue and black on both. In addition to the colorway, there’s something else intriguing about the decoration here: See how the painting on the chain was done on the diagonal? That’s “new” also, and it brings up the possibility that this same maker may have also done an entirely different range of mesh necklaces with painted patterns on them. It is a bit hard to see unless you look very closely – because there is considerable wear to the enamel on the chain – but each diagonal line of blue is flanked by a line of black. I’d like to have seen the entire length of the chain but this was the only photo available (drat it!). This necklace is 17”long.



vintage 1930s brown and yellow enamel mesh flower necklacevintage 1930s brown and yellow enamel flower necklace detailThis is a dark-brown-and-yellow version of the green-and-white necklace seen in the second example here, and is the same length (15.5” chain, plus the leaf-and-flower drop). This colorway reminds me of a bumblebee! Unfortunately the seller’s photos are very blurry but the colors do seem accurate. I wonder how many other colors they made this necklace in? I would pounce on a pink-and-green version in a moment. 🙂


vintage art deco green and white enamel chain bracelet

This bracelet could have matched any of their silvertone necklaces using this chain, such as either of the green-and-white necklaces using this chain in the last big update. Length is 7.5″. I have only seen this clasp used on this bracelet so far, not on any of their necklaces.

Many thanks again to Sarah Foelske for sharing your 1930s Mystery Maker finds! 🙂

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If you have any information about this jewelry or photographs of examples that do not yet appear in this blog series, I would be delighted to include them in a future post! Please use the Contact Form on the About the Chatsworth Lady page.

  4 comments for “Several New 1930s Mystery Maker Finds

  1. Sarah Foelske
    June 3, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    Thank you Chatsworth Lady, I am truly honored and so very thankful to have stumbled upon your blog.

  2. June 3, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    How intriguingly lovely they are!

    • June 4, 2015 at 10:35 am

      This company — whoever they were — seems to have been very creative in their use of certain components. One thing that’s been 100% consistent is that they have never ever (apparantly) used any type of glass, rhinestones, plastics, or synthetic or natural stone in their jewelry: only metal and enamel. The 1930s were the beginning of the costume-jewelry era and most manufacturers were going for the flash-and-bling market. 🙂

      • June 4, 2015 at 12:15 pm

        So fashion may wax and wane, but their work stands the test of time.

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