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Cow: BRUNIALTI BOOK PIECES
FROM: "American Costume Jewelry
1935 - 1950" and
"A Tribute to America - Costume Jewelry 1935-1950" both By Carla and Roberto Brunialti.

Review by Adrienne Shivers:
Even though this book is in Italian, I consider it 'must have'. The jelly belly collection pictured is worth the price alone. The really rare pieces are pictured here and if you are serious about higher-end vintage costume, you need this book, just to see those pieces and what collectors are willing to pay high $$$ for and why. It's definitely more of a visual experience and you really see the artistry of vintage jewelry in its hey day.
There is a sequel book by the same authors, in English, which came out in 2002. Same format, covers event more designers with a special focus on patriotic theme jewelry. Even more desirable and certainly more current than the first. Titled "A Tribute to America - Costume Jewelry 1935-1950".

Review by Sam Mitchell:
Carla and Roberto Brunialti have put together one of the best books out there on the Golden Age of American Costume Jewelry 1935 - 1950.  A ton of work and research went into this book, because Every Picture in the book has the US patent number with it, if there is one for it.

The one drawback to the book is that its all in Italian. Originally written for the Italian market
who are avid collectors of American costume jewelry of this time period, the book has gained world wide attention and is sold out and out of print. A good copy, if you can find one, will cost you $80.00, That’s how popular the book has become.

With the popularity of their first book,  Carla and Roberto have come out with a English verison
of their first book called “A Tribute to America  Costume Jewelry 1935 - 1950" that I am told is even better then the first, and as hard to find!
Date(s): January 15, 2006. Album by Jewelry Ring. 1 - 74 of 74 Total. 15881 Visits.
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American Costume Jewelry by Roberto and Carla Brunialti

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Moghul horse t-87 on page 133

I actually have a few pieces from the Italian version:
The matching brooch to the Roses bracelet by Corocraft, C-4, Coro cockatoo duette, Trifari Moghul horse and the Trifari "curl" jelly belly necklace.

Compliments of Rita Perloff Remember When Vintage


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A Tribute to America by
Roberto and Carla Brunialti


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American Costume Jewelry 1935-1950
A-M


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Trifari Jelly Belly "Curl" necklace, JB-41 on page 164.

Courtesy of Rita Perloff Remember When Vintage


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American Costume Jewelry 1935-1950
N-Z


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This highly collectible, rare CoroCraft Sterling and Enamel Lizard Pin was designed by Adolph Katz and patented in 1942. It has a rhodium plated sterling body set with clear round rhinestones, enameling in shades of green and yellow, with a red rhinestone left eye and a green rhinestone right eye. It represents a lizard holding a pearl [missing at the moment, otherwise in pristine, unused condition!]. Signed CoroCraft Sterling on an applied plaque on reverse. [See "A Tribute to America" by Brunialti and Brunialti, pp. 79-80.]

Compliments of Elaine Kula Antiquing On Line


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Patent

Courtesy of Elaine Kula.


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1940's EISENBERG Clock Face Pin.
1949 watch pin signed with the scroll E in gold-tone with a mirrored dial and the circumference, stem and hands set with clear tear drop, large round, small round and baguette rhinestones. A beauty!! [See "American Costume Jewelry" by Brunialti and Brunialti, page 292.]

Compliments of Elaine Kula


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McClelland Barclay. This is a pin, the one in the book is identical but done as a pendant. page 244 first Brunialti book.

Compliments of Bobye Syverson The Enchanted Castle


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Eisenberg Original that appeared in a 1941 Eisie ad. page 285 first Brunailti book.

Courtesy of Bobye Syverson


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1944 CORO CRAFT Sterling Rockfish Brooch.
Made of beautifully enameled, gold-washed sterling silver, he has crystal rhinestone scales, big buggy pink eyes, and a giant blue topaz oval for a mouth.He can be found in the Brunialtis' "Italian Book" on pp. 79-80. Marked with the Coro Craft Pegasus mark and "sterling."

Compliments of Jeri Steenwerth


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Eisenberg mermaid, 1946.  Goldwash over sterling.

Brunialti1 pg 289-290, and the original inspiration, the Verdura ad of the Naiad clip, pg 35.

Courtesy of Cathy Gordon
Cathy Gordon Imageevent Albums


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Mechanical Boucher Punchinello whose arms and legs go up and down when the chain is pulled.  Boucher did a series of mechanical pieces, including a Cambodian (arms and legs go up and down), a pelican (mouth opens and there is a fish), and a jester whose head moves back and forth.

Black and white ad shown in Brunialti1 pg 185.

Compliments of Cathy Gordon Cathy Gordon Imageevent Albums


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This is the FAMOUS British War Relief pin which was designed by Robert R. Appleby and manufactured in 1940 by Accessocraft. This is pictured on THREE pages of Brunialti's "Tribute to America - Costume Jewelry 1935 - 1950". Page 20 has a black and white sketch of the design. Page 61 has a color picture and lots of detail about it, and page 44 has a copy of the cover of the January 1943 issue of "Town & Country" in which Veronica Lake is wearing a Lily Daché ermine beret and is holding up a Josef bag which has 26 emblems and pins from the Allied Nations pinned onto it...including this British War Relief pin!

Compliments of Alison Gadberry Alison's Antiques & Vintage Jewelry


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According to Brunialti's,
"A Tribute To America" page.215

"Manufacturer: Unknown.
Designer: Jose Rodriquez- a Cuban citizen resident in NY. Four designs are patented in his name."
Pot metal brooch, red,yellow and green enamel,rhinestones,
depicts a parrot on a branch.Marked:MAPS (I think it should read, "MADE IN"..) USA intertwined within a symbol in the shape of a star.

Compliments of Linda Kent


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Coro "Calopsitta" Duette -
Coro duette clip designed by Gene Verecchio. This Calopsitta clip duette has shades of blue enamel with colorful floral branches. Clear rhinestone accents with red rhinestone eyes. Patent #1798867, dated April 18, 1941. Featured in Brunialti's "American Costume Jewelry", pgs. 57-58.

Wear together as a brooch or take them apart and wear separately as clips.

Courtesy of Jan Gaughan


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Eisenberg Original Sterling Silver Fur Clip Spider. This fur clip is picture E6 on page 288 of the Book "American Costume Jewelry" by the Brunialti's.

Compliments of Sam & Yvonne Mitchell


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Elzac "Bonnet Head" Copper & Lucite Brooch
This brooch can be seen on pg. 199 of the book, "A Tribute to America" by Carla and Roberto Brunialti. This brooch was patented by designer Elliot Handler in 1943.

Compliments of Cheri Van Hoover


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1949 Trifari Sapphire Blue Pom-Pom & Tom-Tom Brooch Set

Pom-Pom measures 1 x 1-3/4". Tom-Tom measures 1-1/8 x 1-1/2". These remarkable pins are plated in rhodium for a brilliant, shiny finish. The clothing is molded sapphire blue glass, with rhinestone accents at head, bodice, waist, hands, and feet. Both are marked Trifari with a crown over the T. Pom-Pom is also marked PAT. PEND. Tom-Tom is marked DES. PAT. 153552. This patent was awarded to Alfred Philippe in 1949. These charming pins can be seen on pages 119 and 120 of "American Costume Jewelry" by the Brunialtis.

Courtesy of Cheri Van Hoover


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Chanel palm tree with Island man, 2nd Brunialti page 205. The book
piece has blue palm fronds and a yellow man who is  described as
being a Mexican  and moving. In fact, he is not supposed to move, he
is riveted on, not attached by a spring. I believe that the one in
the book may have had a loose man. Also, I think he's Carribbean, not
Mexican, there's a little thatched house on on what I think is an
island.

Courtesy of Adrienne Shivers Garden Party Collection


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Trifari jelly belly swan, pages 155 & 156 first Brunialti book.

Compliments of Adrienne Shivers


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Lucite Hand with Orchid found in Brunialti's "Tribute to America" on page 139.

Compliments of Sande Kattau


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The Rose found in Brunialti's "Tribute to America"
pg 70.

Courtesy of Sande Kattau


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McClelland Barclay Maple Leaf Brooch and Clips found on page 244 of Brunialtis' "American Costume Jewelry."

Compliments of Mary Ann Docktor-Smith

Mary Ann, Mary Ann Designs and Anna's Vintage Jewelry


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Coro Siempre Amigos Flags Brooch can be seen in the Brunialtis' "A Tribute to America" page 52.

Compliments of Mary Ann Docktor-Smith


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Urie Mandle Sword and Removable Sheath Chatelaine Brooch is found in "American Costume Jewelry" by the Brunialtis on page 240.  

Compliments of Dinah Hoyt Taylor

My Bonny Mon Abri


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With sword removed from the sheath.

Courtesy of Dinah Hoyt Taylor


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Urie Mandle Mark

Courtesy of Dinah Hoyt Taylor


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Ravishing Radish Boucher brooch
A Tribute to America pg.151

Courtesy of Dinah Taylor


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American Costume Jewelry book COVER piece... a magnificent 1941 Boucher Winged Griffin
This pin (in a different color way) is featured on the front cover of the American Costume Jewelry Book by Brunialti and can also be seen on page 199 and 200. Brunialti describes this as a "Griphon" (winged griffon)

Compliments of Jan Gaughan

Eclectic Vintage Jewelry and Collectibles


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American Costume Jewelry ... A. Katz 1943 Sterling Corocraft Toucan

Courtesy of Jan Gaughan


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Coro Quivering Camillia Duette in the red colorway – page 100 ( photos 1-4)Of the first volume  of the new Brunialti books

Compliments of Diana Craig Sparks

Belle a Coeur Treasure Trove Vintage


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Trifari Crown, Page 136 of American Costume Jewelry N-Z

Compliments of Kathy Taylor

Kathy's Vintage Jewels


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Chess Men, Page 134 of American Costume jewelry, N-Z

Courtesy of Kathy Taylor


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Trifari Claire de Lune parure from the second newer Brunialti book, pg 154.  Necklace and Bracelet.

Courtesy of Diana Craig Sparks


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This squirrel is featured as JB53 in Brunialti's book "American Costume Jewelry, 1935-1950 ", page 168. It is grouped with the Jelly Belly designs although his tail, not his belly, is Lucite.

Compliments of Vera Battemarco

Vera Battemarco Vintage Jewelry!


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Page 65 photo, entry C30, Apache & Putain, only Apache' sketch and photo are featured but it is described as a set.
Brunialti's book "American Costume Jewelry, 1935-1950 "

Courtesy of Vera Battemarco


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Man in the Moon, Corocraft Sterling, featured page 83 #C66 in Brunialti's book "American Costume Jewelry, 1935-1950 "

Courtesy of Vera Battemarco


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Page 79, plate C60, Monkeys Duette in Rose Gold over Sterling,Brunialti's book "American Costume Jewelry, 1935-1950 "

Courtesy of Vera Battemarco


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Zulu warrior lost his shield along the way. He is on page number 236, plate number U8 of Brunialti's book "American Costume Jewelry, 1935-1950 "

Courtesy of Vera Battemarco


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Pennino Pin American Costume Jewelry N-Z Page 8

Compliments of Yolanda Dewijk

YosFinds


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Coro 1942 Alfred Katz patent 131972
In Brunialti "A Tribute to America" page 74.

Compliments of Nicole St-Pierre

Pop Goes My Vintage


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Urie Mandle (unsigned) Dagger

American Costume Jewelry p. 240, ACJ A-M p. 237

Compliments of Mary Ann Docktor-Smith

Mary Ann, Mary Ann Designs and Anna's Vintage Jewelry


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Coro Coronation Crown

A Tribute To America p. 85, ACJ A-M p. 155

Courtesy of Mary Ann Docktor-Smith


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Enameled Pelican Brooch (unsigned)

American Costume Jewelry N-Z p. 169

Courtesy of Mary Ann Docktor-Smith


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Korda "Silver Maid" Brooch

American Costume Jewelry N-Z p. 38

Courtesy of Mary Ann Docktor-Smith


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Elzac Bonnet Head (1943) - A Tribute to America pg. 199

Compliments of Cheri Van Hoover


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Trifari Nenette (1943) - American Costume Jewelry pg.120

Courtesy of Cheri Van Hoover


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Walter Lampl Chinese Maid & Man (1940) - A Tribute to America pg. 212 & 213

Courtesy of Cheri Van Hoover


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Rice-Weiner Chinese Water Boy (1941) - American Costume Jewelry pg.241

Courtesy of Cheri Van Hoover


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Trifari Great Blue Heron (1943) - American Costume Jewelry pg.149

Courtesy of Cheri Van Hoover


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Coro 'Camellia' Bangle pg 107, A-M Book

Contributed by JR member


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McClelland Barclay 'Raised Style' Bangle pg 42, N-Z Book

Contributed by a JR member


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Trifari Jelly Belly 'Horse Head' pg 187, N-Z Book

Contributed by a JR member


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Trifari 'Fruit Salad Flower' pg 95, N-Z Book

Contributed by a JR member


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CORO OWL BROOCH
OWL BROOCH [UNMARKED]
DESIGNED BY ROBERT
GEISSMANN FOR CORO
IN 1938

Compliments of Pat Seal

Treasures From Yesterday Vintage Jewelry


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COROCRAFT BROOCHES
STERLING SILVER
FIGHTING COCKS
FROM 1945 AND MARKED
COROCRAFT STERLING

Courtesy of Pat Seal


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CORO STERLING BUG BROOCH

Courtesy of Pat Seal


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TRIFARI FURCLIP
CHALCEDONY FRUIT
SALAD FAN FURCLIP
MARKED TRIFARI FROM 1941

Courtesy of Pat Seal


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SCHRAGER BROOCH
UNMARKED HUGE
BUTTERFLY MADE
BY H.M.SCHRAGER
& CO.,INC.IN 1942

Courtesy of Pat Seal


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TRIFARI BROOCH
ENAMELED AND
RHINESTONE TREBLE
CLEF MARKED TRIFARI
FROM 1941

Courtesy of Pat Seal


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Trifari Claire de Lune fur pin clip

Contributed by Rene Colon


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Boucher Ballerina
American Costume Jewelry  p. 70, A-M

Compliments of Leila Huhman

Yesterday's Rock Stars


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Coro Viking Ship
American Costume Jewelry p. 167, N-Z

Courtesy of Leila Huhman


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Trifari Enameled Lilies of the Valley
American Costume Jewelry p. 91, N-Z

Courtesy of Leila Huhman


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Joseff 'Oyster Set' (This is really a scallop, but they don't make pearls, lol)
American Costume Jewelry p. 230, A-M, mine is silver tone, not gold plated.

Courtesy of Leila Huhman


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Coro hand brooch
American Costume Jewelry p.147 A-M Art and Industry

Compliments of Belle Thomas


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Coro Mirror pin
American Costume Jewelry p.152 A-M Art and Industry

Courtesy of Belle Thomas


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Trifari Ax pin
American Costume Jewelry p.107 N-Z Art and Industry

Courtesy of Belle Thomas


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Pennino Brooch
American Costume Jewelry p.7 N-Z Art and Industry

Courtesy of Belle Thomas


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Coro horses
American Costume Jewelry p.137 A-M Art and Industry

Courtesy of Belle Thomas


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Coro Bird & Birdbath pin...Found in The American Costume Jewelry 1935-1950 Brunialti book.

Courtesy of Kathy Small


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Coro Quivering Camillia Duette in the green colorway –Brunialti's "American Costume Jewelry, A-M" on page 104.

Courtesy of Marisa Richardson