Art Deco Diamond and Pearl Lorgnette and Chain, Circa 1930
An Art Deco diamond set lorgnette, on a pearl and platinum double long chain, with cut corner rectangle lenses, in engraved and millegrain edged surrounds, with a handle set with a kite-shape diamond, surrounded by eight-cut and round brilliant-cut diamonds and a tulip shaped bail, set with rose-cut diamonds, the chain has clamped fetter links, alternating with natural pearls, the bridge is stamped irid. plat. with a D maker's mark for Durand & Co., circa 1930.
Durand & Co., 72 E. Kinney St. Newark NJ, c.1915: 49-51 Franklin St. Newark NJ, circa 1896, 1915 and 1934. The D trademark was a horseshoe, with a nail.
From AJU Lang Antiques
"One of Newark's earliest jewellers was James Madison Durand, whose great-grandfather worked in gold and silver in 'Jefferson Village,' or Maplewood, as early as 1756. The young Durand is particularly interesting because of the route he took to become a businessman, starting as an apprentice, then working at the jewellery bench in an already established firm. Finally, he established his own business. A fledgling businessman in the 1830s, Durand, by the time of his death in 1895, had become one of America's leading jewellery manufacturers. His success was attributed by one of his contemporaries as 'plodding work, careful attention to details, vigilant and constant attention to the business, and a superior skill in design and workmanship.' Durand and Co. was located at 49 Franklin St., with salesrooms in New York City at 9 Maiden Lane. Eventually, Durand and Co. employed 125 men".
From knowingnewark.npl.org Durand & Co., circa 1930.
- Circa 1930
- Art Deco
- Diamond and pearl
- Lorgnette approximately 66.9 x 24.8mm, double pearl chain, approximately 780mm
- Good - Wear consistent with age and use
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