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Ln Jewelry




Morning Glory Antiques & Jewelry

presents
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JEWEL CHAT

Costume Jewelry Magazine


A Gallery of

LN Jewelry
a long line of
jewelry….
LN
L/N LN25 LN50 and Little Nemo


1913-1978

Most from the collection of
Jenny Stephens

Click on each picture for a larger view.

Jenny Stevens has collected LN jewelry for
years, and her collection is varied and fascinating. Probably manufactured
in the first half of the 20th century, it shows a wide range of style,
design and color. I find this maker in my issues of Keystone for the years
1915, 1922, 1931 and 1934 under the name "Brier Manufacturing Company", who
also made "Little Nemo" jewelry. Their mechanical pieces, not always signed,
are among the most popular, and they have moving pieces (see the pins in the
first row).
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MECHANICAL covered wagon brooch
with wheels that turn and multi-colored rhinestones, probably by LN, 2-1/4".
View #Y33763

MECHANICAL steamboat brooch
with turning paddle wheel and multi-colored rhinestones and black enamel,
probably by LN, 2-1/4".
View #Y33762

MECHANICAL hopping rabbit brooch with
turning legs and multi-colored
rhinestones and pink enamel,, probably by LN 1-1/2".
View #Y33761





LN
blue rhinestone grapes and bow top dress clip, 2-1/2".
View
#X35481





Jenny has been kind enough to share her collection, and it demonstrates the
variety and originality of this productive company.









Ann M. Pittman’s article in "Antique Week" explains more about this jewelry
manufacturer:

"Regardless of the manufacturer, it is clear from
viewing part of Stephens’ collection that the LN company produced jewelry as
far back as the 1930s as well as before and after WWII. This is evidenced
by the “sweetheart” and “victory” pieces marked with one or more of the LN
signatures."

LN used several marks: LN, L/N, LN25, LN50, and LN in a
diamond.






LN mark L/N mark LN25 mark LN50 mark LN in a diamond mark

Again, from Ann M. Pittman’s article in "Antique Week", Jenny says:

"I tend to believe a specific company produced pieces
marked with just the LN signature. Pieces with just the initials LN as a
signature appear to be the oldest for the most part. How the slash fits
into the picture is the big mystery. Does this evidence a new partner in
the company, the division of the company, or a different company entirely?
Were the numbers 25 and 50 product specific, used to indicate years of
production, amount of inventory produced, different factory locations or
something else?

"There is absolutely no rhyme or reason for how these
pieces were marked. For instance, were all the clear rhinestone pieces
marked a specific way? No. Were all the enameled pieces marked with one
signature? No. Perhaps all clips were signed identically? No. The pieces,
even among the war era pins, were marked with different signatures.

"Every time I think I have something definite pinned
down, along comes another piece to destroys my current theory,” said
Stephens.

Thanks to Connie Swaim of Antique Week and Ann Pittman for allowing us to
reprint parts of this article.














































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