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A fabulous pair of mobile earrings by New York, mid 20th century jeweler, Ruth Berridge (please see "Jewelry in Motion, the Jewelry of Ruth Berridge, MODERN SILVER magazine, Fall/Winter 2009-2010).  They are so much fun to wear and very comfortable--soft, old fashioned clips hold them without worry!  Each is about 3-1/2" long and is marked: "BERRIDGE, HANDMADE, STERLING;" fine condition with lovely patina.


e-mail: mschonmodern@gmail.com


Jack Nutting forged sterling and beautiful, natural turquoise ring; about size 6; no marks; fine condition. From the collection of Nicole Nutting.

Please see:  http://www.modernsilver.com/JackNuttingPart1.htm

Price: $295.00

e-mail: mschonmodern@gmail.com


Charming, early Earl Pardon enamel brooch from 1955 (according to his son, Tod, this piece was most likely an instructional piece for his students--thus the "E.P." signature), about 2" x 1"; fine condition with no chips to the enamel; marked: "E.P. 1955."


e-mail: mschonmodern@gmail.com


A rare and wonderful pair of handmade sterling cufflinks by New York, mid 20th century jeweler, E. Peter Peterson (who signed "P. Nass"); each is about 1-1/4" long x 3/8" wide (just slightly more); each cufflink is marked: "P. NASS, STERLING;" fine condition.

E. Peter Peterson graduated from the Cooper Union in New York with a degree in fine arts. She was a children's painting instructor at the Brooklyn Museum and studied weaving, pottery, silkscreen, sculpture, jewelry making, and silversmithing at the Craft Students League.  She was the "Peter" of Peter Nass Silver and Jewelry Shop in New York, New York.  She exhibited in the Walker Art Center's 1955 Contemporary Jewelry Design Quarterly exhibit.  This information is from my book, Modernist Jewelry, 1930 - 1960, The Wearable Art Movement.


e-mail: mschonmodern@gmail.com


A beautiful, classic example of the work of Ed Wiener; sterling pin and matching earrings in good vintage condition with age appropriate wear; brooch is 2-1/2" x 2-1/2", matching earrings are 1-1/2" x 1-1/2"; pieces are marked "ED. WIENER, STERLING." 

Price: $475.00
email: jooled2u@gmail.com



This Betty Cooke piece is one of her adorable animal brooches.  I believe it is a chicken, measuring 2-1/4" x 2-1/4". The earrings are a delicate 1-1/4" long.  The pieces are marked:  "COOKE, STERLING."

 Price: $350.00
email: jooled2u@gmail.com

Henry Steig Modernist Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet

This beautifully wrought, graceful, sterling silver cuff has mirror-image side panels held together by a curved bar in front. Size: 5" around inside with a 1 1/4" opening. Bracelet is not adjustable. Marks: Steig Sterling.

Condition: Very good vintage condition with the usual scratches typical of a piece of this age.

Price $675.00

e-mail: sacknit@aol.com

A lovely, rare, enamel on sterling shell pendant with coral by renowned mid 20th century artist Mary Schimpff; about 2-3/4" x 1/4"; marked: "Schimpff, STER;" fine condition.

In 1954, in an article titled “Five Contemporary Jewelers,” published in American Craft Magazine, Mary Schimpff’s jewelry was shown alongside that of some of the most well-known and well-respected American modernist jewelers of the mid 20th century.

Schimpff is a perfectionist and a modernist whose designs are based on the integration of form and function. Her work has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum of Art and is part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution. She has won four De Beers Diamonds--International Awards, has been awarded an honorary membership in the De Beers Diamonds International Academy exhibitions, and her work has been included in the Trieniale Di Milano, Italy; The International Schmuckschau, Munich, Germany; and the Centenary in Johannesburg commemorating the discovery of South Africa's first diamond.

Information is from my book Modernist Jewelry, 1930-1960, The Wearable Art Movement.

See also: Mary Schimpff-Webb, a career devoted to excellence & Extraordinary Boxes, the Artistry of Mary Schimpff Webb

Price: $395.00  

e-mail: mschonmodern@gmail.com

Fabulous Ed Levin Sterling Silver and 14K Gold Brooch

A wonderful, early mid-century brooch by Ed Levin.  Known for his fluid designs, these are just a perfect example of his early works.  So simple, but elegant; a must have for those of you who appreciate the famous designers of this era. It is stamped Sterling and 14K and has the Ed Levin hallmarki n script.   It is 2 1/2" wide &1" at the tallest point & weighs 7.3 grams.  Truly gorgeous!
Price: $295.00 Free shipping and insurance in the United States. International rates are in the $35.00 to  $47.00 range
e-mail:  PortalsJewelry@aol.com   I accept paypal, Visa & MasterCard. 

Unique Ed Levin-Mid Century Vintage Sterling Silver &14k Gold Shadow Box Necklace-Earrings

For the discerning collector of mid-20th century jewelry or for a truly lovely gift, I offer a wonderful, early, mid-century set of Sterling Silver & 14K Gold Shadow Box earrings and necklace by  Ed Levin. These fantastic pieces are in excellent condition and would make a truly remarkable gift to be cherished andp ast down through generations.

So simple but elegant; a must have for those of you who appreciate the famous designers of this era. They are stamped Sterling and have the Ed Levin hallmark in script.  The necklace is done in the shadow box design. The top oval is a brushed sterling silver; the bottom oval is 14K gold over sterling silver and the suspended ball in the middle is solid 14K gold. The necklace is 18" long and the pendant is 1" tall and almost 1/2 wide. The earrings are the same size. The total weight is 9.6g.

Price: $750.00  Free shipping and insurance in the United States. International rates are in the $38.75 to $52.00 range.
e-mail:  PortalsJewelry@aol.com    I accept paypal, Visa & MasterCard.



From a private collection, an early and fabulous pendant by mid 20th century American artist, Henry Steig; wood, silver, and tiger's eye agate; about 3-1/2" long x 2-1/2" wide; marked; "STEIG, STERLING;" great patina and condition; non-original 19" sterling chain.

 Henry Steig (1906-1973) had a shop in New York in the 1950s-1960s. Jazz had a significant influence on his work--Steig was a musician who played saxophone and clarinet with dance bands in New York during the 1920s-30s.  He studied art at the National Academy of Design, but was mostly a self-taught metalsmith. His jewelry designs are modern and sophisticated, evidencing his training in design and sculpture.

His work is featured in both of my books, Modernist Jewelry, 1930-1960, The Wearable Art Movement and Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970 and was included in the exhibit American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970 at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 2008.


e-mail mschonmodern@gmail.com


Sterling Silver/Jasper Pendant/Handwrought Chain,signed FELICE

People in the Silverforum group will be familiar with Felice, though her work isn’t found very often. I’ve owned a couple of her pieces over the years and both were beautiful and well crafted. This large piece is no exception. The round pendant with cutout shapes randomly applied is set with a big oval stone that I believe is jasper.   It hangs from a long handwrought chain. Both the chain and the pendant are signed by the artist.

Size: Pendant is 2 1/2” in diameter, 3” long including bale. Chain drops 12 ” from back neck Marks: Pendant marked Sterling Handmade FELICE, chain is marked Sterling Felice on one link Condition: Excellent vintage condition. Nice patina.

Price: $288.00 including free US shipping.

e-mail: vdebstore@aol.com


This vintage PAUL LOBEL MODERNIST BROOCH is a beauty.  When I researched Lobel's work, I saw that he did any number of designs that revolved around loops/curls of silver, but no other pins quite like this one.  The center dome is silver.  I know it looks like a dark stone, but I've given up trying to get the whole piece to gleam at the same time; I know when I'm licked . . . The pin is 2 1/16" long and 1 3/8" across at its widest point.  There are a couple small, light, but visible surface scratches.  Overall, it's in great vintage condition, and the safety catch is in good working order.  

Price: $200.00

Shipping, handling, and insurance will be an additional $6; please note that that applies only to addresses in the United States.  If you’re interested in this piece and live overseas, please contact me.  I will not ship abroad without insurance, which would add quite a bit to the price and is not available for some countries.  Please use a personal check or PayPal for payment.  I do prefer checks, to avoid the PayPal fee, but it will have to clear before I ship the pendant.  Thanks for looking, and I hope you enjoyed the view. 

e-mail: marthatcopy@gmail.com



A sleek, modern pin and earrings by Ronald Hayes Pearson with green stones; pin (designed like a fibula without a catch) is approximately 2-5/8" x 1-1/2", earrings are each 1-3/4" long, excluding wires; pin is marked: "PEARSON, STERLING;' earrings are unmarked; all are in fine condition.

This set, and the earrings, above, come directly from the estate of Marguerite H.  Antell (1923-2011). Antell was lived her entire life in the New York area. She was an artist/sculptor who knew many of the creative artists of her time, including Ronald Pearson, from whom she acquired these pieces.

She was also the original owner of the Mushroom House in Perinton, NY, designed and built in 1970 by architect James Johnson. The house has has been designated a National Landmark.


e-mail: mschonmodern@gmail.com


1950's brooch and earrings set comprised of spiraling squares of flattened wire designed by jeweler Ed Wiener of New York. 

Brooch measures 2" square and the screwback earrings measure 7/8". Signed Wiener, Sterling and in excellent condition.

Price: $795.00  

e-mail: lisa@lisacliff.com

A rare Peter Macchiarini sterling pendant with twin fish; diameter about 1-7/8"; bail for chain or cord; marked: "MACCHIARINI" on reverse;  fine condition.

According to Daniel Macchairini, this piece unique and very rare.  His father, Peter Macchiarini did some representational pieces in the 1930s, when he first started making jewelry and also later, when people requested them.  He believes that this piece was made in the 1960s for a Catholic priest who was a friend of Peter's.  Peter also made him a bronze altar chalice of bronze and silver.

price: $1,950.00 e-mail mschonmodern@gmail.com



 Measures 7 ¼ long x ¾” wide. Beautiful cubed link  Marked Sterling  weighing 26 grams 


e-mail: reuven@kassai.com




Art Smith modernist sterling pin, c. 1950s; from a single collection; about 2-1/4" x 1-3/4"; marked: "Art Smith (in script), STERLING;" good patina, fine condition.

price: $1,200.00 e-mail: mschonmodern@gmail.com



An early piece by Ruth Roach--sterling lapel pin in the shape of wonderful, 3-dimensional, layered fish; whole piece is almost 4-1/2" long; fish sculpture is approximately 2-3/4" x 3/4"; marked: "ROACH, STERLING;" fine condition.

 Ruth Roach (1913-1979) was an extraordinary, multitalented artist/craftsman who made a significant impact on the art world during her relatively short career. She studied painting in Chicago, both at the Chicago Art Institute and with William Henry Watson. She later took all the available art courses at the State College of Iowa. She became a potter, but later, in 1954, decided to concentrate on jewelry after studying with Robert von Neumann.  Roach had her first one-man show at the Des Moines Art Center in 1954, participated in the Third National Exhibition of Contemporary Jewelers at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in 1955, and, for the next fourteen years, exhibited widely across the United States.  Since everything she created was intricate in nature and completely one-of-a-kind, her pieces are not readily available.  This collection comes from her family and has never before been on the market.

Please Ruth Roach, Uncommon Jeweler, MODERN SILVER magazine, Aug/Sept, 2002. Her work is featured in both of my books, Modernist Jewelry, 1930-1960, The Wearable Art Movement and Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970 and was included in the exhibit "American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970" at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 2008.

price: $750.00 e-mail: mschonmodern@gmail.com


Here is a recent find, a Bob Winston Pendant in Sterling.  The pendant measures approximately 2 7/8ths inches x 2 inches x 3/8ths inches and is in PERFECT condition.   This came from the Estate of Frank and Theresa Caplan the founders of Creative Playthings. 

Bob Winston (1915-2203) was a very early innovator in the lost-wax casting process and this piece has all of the traits you want to see in early experimental casting.  He was also a teacher at California College of Arts and Crafts starting in 1942 – with students such as Robert Dhaemers and Irena Brynner.

According to his son Dr. Bob Winston this piece dates from the late 1950’s and is typical for his fathers cast pieces.  I also have a fabulous Bob Winston ring, which I plan to hold onto for the time being.

Stylistically this piece has all of the most desirable aspects of Winston.  It is truly jewelry in the round.  It is slightly difficult to see in the images but the piece is almost ½” thick which allow for multiple attachment options, horizontally, vertically or something in between.  There is no real “front” side in my opinion. 

It would be quite easy to also wear this piece as a Broach.  If you are interested in a chain or a friendly broach attachment I can fabricate either in my studio for an additional cost.

I have been a working Metalsmith since the early 1990’s and you can see some of my work on www.mschon.com  under David Jones or our limited production line under MADE.

Winston pieces do not appear often and this may be your opportunity to add a true modernist masterpiece to your collection.

Feel free to contact me with any and all questions at made@hometownu.com  or call 484 646 9158

Thanks and have a great day!

David Jones



An iconic set by Frank Miraglia; highly sculptural brooch and earrings with wire gridwork (this is Miraglia at his best!) c. 1950s; brooch is about 2" square, earrings are each about 1" square; each piece is marked: "F. MIRAGLIA, N.Y., STERLING."

The brooch is set is pictured in Silver Jewelry Designs by Nancy Schiffer on page 274.

Price: $550.00  Email: buddyss@austin.rr.com


This is the iconic dove pendant shown in the Modern section of Ed Levin’s Bennington Vermont catalog from the 1960s. The pendant is made of two parts--the dove is beautifully cut out of sterling silver, and is backed by a slab of ebony wood that has a little sterling eye. The front swings in front of the back, suspended by a large bale. The pendant comes with a sterling chain, that I believe is original to Ed Levin, though not the same as the one shown in the catalog.
size: 2 1/4” x 2 “ at widest part
marks: Unsigned, but it is documented in the Levin catalog (the page can be seen in Marbeth Schon’s book, Modernist Jewelry 1930-1960??
condition: Very good vintage condition, the silver has the usual light scratches typical of a piece of this age.

I accept  PayPal payment. Please check with me to make sure it's still available, or to ask questions at email below.
Price: $385.00

Wendy Sacks

email: vdebstore@aol.com



It's hard to find an early piece by Betty Cooke with great provenance; this one comes from the family who purchased it directly from Betty in the early 1960s; the patina is absolutely wonderful!  It's about 15-1/2" around (when closed); fits a small neck; each link is about 3/16" wide; marked: "COOKE, STERLING;" excellent condition.

Price: $2,500.00  Email: mschonmodern@gmail.com


Great, large, sterling modernist pin by Art Smith, c. 1950s; about 3-3/4" x 1"; marked: "Art Smith" (in script), STERLING;" great patina, fine condition.

Price: $1,500.00  Email:mschonmodern@gmail.com

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