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Original by ROBERT
Robert Levy, David Jaffe and Irving Landsman
(copyright symbol used after 1955)
New York, NY 1942-1979
Fashioncraft was made from about 1942-1979 by the maker of Robert jewelry.
The name Fashioncraft was used first in the early 1940s and then, according to
Fred Rezazadeh’s book "Costume Jewelry", about 1960
the name "Originals by Robert" began to be used. Judith Miller in her
book "Costume Jewelry" says the same.
There was also a line of Fashioncraft jewelry that looked similar to the Hobe
wire work pieces of the 1940-50s. Some of those pieces can be seen below. The
designs in the wirework itself are a bit different from those used by Hobe, but they
are similar and unsigned pieces are sometimes confused.
|FASHIONCRAFT by Robert heart brooch|
of black glass, red and topaz colored rhinestones and artificial pearls set
in gold tone, a large
|ROBERT red and white glass bead|
clip back earrings set in gold tone, 1-1/8".
FASHIONCRAFT by Robert heart brooch with purple teardrop-shaped rhinestones
around a black heart-shaped center with a center yellow rhinestone and
circling glass pearls, all set in gold tone, 3" by 2-3/4". A few of the glass
pearls have lost some finish as you can see in the photo, and the clear
rhinestones surrounding the center are graying. The gold tone finish is
in very good vintage condition. It is marked "Fashioncraft Robert" on the
back and is circa 1950.
FASHIONCRAFT Robert brooch in the
Hobe style with pink, pale pink, blue and pale blue rhinestones set in gold tone
wire work, signed Fashioncraft Robert on the back, circa 1950, domed and 2" wide
and 7/8" deep. View
FASHIONCRAFT ROBERT brooch in the style of 1940s Hobe, 2". This domed
round brooch is set with a row of clear glass cabochons at the edge, and
aqua and pale pink rhinestones in a hand worked wire filigree settings. Is
it marked on the back, "Fashioncraft Robert". There are flea bites in two or
three of the aqua stones, almost invisible even under magnified
ROBERT Fashioncraft Hobe style brooch with pink, blue, green and clear
rhinestones set in gold tone metal wire work, hand made, 3" by 2-1/4".
ORIGINAL by ROBERT pink and blue rhinestones
brooch with a flip-up loop on the back so it can be worn as a pendant on a
chain. It’s set in a gold metal filigree setting, 2-3/8"and signed on the
back "Original by Robert", excellent condition, 2-1/3" across.
ORIGINAL by ROBERT bracelet with pink, blue,
green and yellow rhinestones set in a gold colored metal filigree setting,
all done by hand. The bracelet is 6-5/8" wearable length with a 2" by 2"
front element and it’s original safety chain. It has the name "Original by
Robert" on the artist’s palette shaped plaque on the back.
SABER or sword pin with aqua, pink, pale yellow, purple and blue
rhinestones all set in silver filigree in the style of Hobe or Robert, but
this isn’t signed. It is 3-1/2" by 1-1/8" and circa late 1940 to early
1950. While it is not signed, it does look like the filigree pieces by
ORIGINAL by ROBERT
aqua and clear unfoiled
rhinestones bracelet in gold washed silver with mesh sides and a safety
chain that opens on one end. It is 6-3/4" wearable size with the front element of 2-1/4" by
Ad for Robert jewelry, "Dramatic modern antique. May Co".
piece of this same set can be seen in Judith Miller’s book "Costume Jewelry"
on page 198.
FASHIONCRAFT by Robert circa 1946 unsigned bracelet, brooch and two pins
made of faceted black glass crescents and aqua and pink rhinestones set in gold tone
with chain fringe.
The extra large brooch is 5-5/8" by 3-3/4" including the long gold tone fringe,
the two crescent pins are 1-3/4" each, and the bracelet is a wearable size
of 7" long and 1-3/4" at the widest. I make this attribution in part from
THIS AD ad from a 1946 Vogue Magazine as well as from years of
experience with this maker. HERE
is another great bracelet from this series, which I once owned. I had it several years ago and it
makes me wonder what other wonderful pieces were made in this series. Every
piece is in excellent condition.
|ROBERT Fashioncraft unsigned|
rhinestone and chains bracelet, black/purple stones with pink, aqua and
clear unfoiled rhinestones, 6-1/3" by 1-1/2". This is unsigned.
HORSE gilt sterling hand crafted figural brooch with red, blue, pink, purple,
green and yellow unfoiled rhinestones. Gold tone chains create the mane and tail.
There is soft
finish wear as seen in the picture, with some gold rubbed through to silver on the front, but
it is still absolutely lovely, circa 1946. It is 2-5/8" from head to hoof,
3" from ear to back leg, with 3" long chain fringe. This
unsigned, although probably by Fashioncraft Robert. There is a book piece that is similar
and can be seen in Judith Miller’s "Costume Jewelry" on page 198,
where she attributes it to Robert. In the picture of the advertisement for
this pin shown
here, there are some subtle differences. But this is made exactly
like one I owned marked "Fashioncraft Robert". So I have owned
three similar horse pins, one unsigned, one signed "Fashioncraft Robert’ and
one signed "Original by Robert".
View #Y36182 $398.00
ORIGINAL by ROBERT gilt sterling hand crafted figural horse brooch with colorful prong set
rhinestones and chain mane and tail, circa 1946. It is 2-5/8" from head to
hoof, 3" from ear to back leg, with 3" long chain fringe. The gold colored
finish is rubbed through to silver a bit on the horse’s body, but otherwise
it is in excellent condition with all the rhinestones in place. The
rhinestones colors are rose, purple, pink, green and topaz. It is signed on
the back, "Originals by Robert" and
the word "sterling" on one leg. I have also
had these marked "Fashioncraft", another line made by Robert. It can be seen
in Judith Miller’s book "Costume Jewelry" on page 198, and in the picture of
the advertisement shown
here. In the ad is states that this brooch was "Exclusive with
Sage-Allen, in Hartford, Connecticut".
FASHIONCRAFT ROBERT gilt sterling hand crafted figural horse brooch with colorful
rhinestones and chain mane and tail, circa 1946. It is 2-5/8" from head to
hoof, 3" from ear to back leg, with 3" long chain fringe. The gold
colored finish is rubbed through to silver a bit on the horse’s body, but
all the rhinestones are brilliant, in place and in excellent condition. The
rhinestones are colored red, purple, aqua, blue, green and topaz. It
is signed on the back, "Fashioncraft Robert". I have also had this marked
"Original by Robert, and both names were used by Robert. This style
brooch can be seen in Judith Miller’s book "Costume Jewelry" on page 198,
where she attributes it to "Robert",
and in the picture of the original advertisement, shown
View View #X39430 $398.00
ADVERTISEMENT for the Robert horse brooch. The ad reads,
"Original Robert. Dramatic modern antique. Exciting range of motion captured in this unusual
Robert Original. Entirely hand crafted, smartly fringed mane and tail
combine dramatically with finely cut, richly hued jewels. A truly
distinctive piece! Pin shown $25.00, jeweled earrings $15.00 plus
Federal tax. Exclusively with Sage Allen in Hartford, Connecticut."
Vogue Magazine, 1946
I have owned three of these brooches, each a bit different from the other.
Not only are the rhinestones a bit different in color, but the position of
the legs is different as well. After looking at these and others like them
on line and in books, it is my opinion that they were all made by the same
ROBERT green, pink, yellow and
lavender unfoiled rhinestone in wire work settings 2-1/4" brooch and 1"
ORIGINAL by ROBERT
necklace with aqua, pink and clear unfoiled rhinestones set in gold tone
filigree with lovely gold tone chain and stations, 15" by 1-1/4". Marked
on the back with the "Original by Robert" on a palette mark. View
by ROBERT brooch in his Fashioncraft style, green, pink and purple
unfoiled stones set in gold tone metal wire twist filigree, fringe moves
when worn, flip-up pendant loop on the back, 3-1/3" by 1-7/8".
ORIGINAL by ROBERT blue
and green art glass, cabochon and rhinestones brooch, 3". Marked on
the back with the "Original by Robert" on a palette mark, circa 1960.
ORIGINAL by ROBERT 2-1/2″ brooch
with aqua glass cabochons and aqua and blue rhinestones. Marked on the back
with the "Original by Robert" on a palette mark, circa 1960
NOTE: Contrary to what we have seen on line now and again, we have found no
conformation that "Robert" of this jewelry ever worked
as a designer for
the Miriam Haskell Jewelry company.
ORIGINAL by ROBERT brown
and gray cabochons, rhinestones and artificial pearls brooch, 2-1/2". Marked
on the back with the "Original by Robert" on a palette mark, circa 1960
ORIGINAL by ROBERT brooch with aqua and white art glass stones and
artificial pearls all set in gold tone metal, 2-1/8" by 2-1/8". Each
of the larger stones is slightly different, and all are lovely. This is in
excellent condition and marked on the back with the "Original by Robert" on
a palette mark, circa 1960.
ORIGINAL by ROBERT pink and green
rhinestones and marbled cabochons brooch, 2-7/8". Marked on the
back with the "Original by Robert" on a palette mark, circa 1960.
ORIGINAL BY ROBERT purple and
lavender opalescent cabochons and rhinestones in antique gold tone setting
butterfly brooch, 2-3/4". Marked on the back with the "Original by
Robert" on a palette mark.
ROBERT Original by Robert
purple glass cabochon links bracelet set in slightly matte gold tone,
fabulous in person, circa 1955, 6-3/4" by 1-1/4". Marked on the back
with the "Original by Robert" on a palette mark.
ORIGINAL by Robert dragon’s
breath and blue cab brooch, 2". I enjoy the way the stones are in
different settings, and the wonderful twisted limb-like
setting is in antiqued gold tone, and it’s substantial, circa 1960.
ROBERT blue and green dangling
beads and rhinestones brooch and earrings with artificial pearl accents, all
set in gold tone, brooch 3" earrings 1-5/8".
ROBERT red enameled apple brooch with
worm and green leaves, alls et in gold tone, 2-1/8" by 1-1/2". A
whimsical fruit delight! #X36030
ORIGINAL by ROBERT aqua and clear rhinestones necklace, bracelet and
earrings in a very Hobe 1950’s style. The necklace is 16" with a 3-1/2" wide
front element and a 1/2" wide braided gold tone mesh, convertible to a
brooch; bracelet 6-3/4" wearable size and 1-1/3" at the widest; clip back
earrings 1". The necklace and bracelet are both marked "Original by Robert",
the matching earrings are not marked. The set is in excellent condition with
no flaws at all.
View View #X38732
ROBERT earrings with caramel and tan glass textured and pearlized
beads and accented with clear rose montee and set in gold tone
filigree, 1-1/8" clip backs.
ROBERT hand painted portrait
pin, 2". Marked on the back with the "Original by Robert" on a
palette mark. View #R25207
ROBERT style frame with pastel
rhinestones on a Cyma wind up clock, 3-1/2" by 4". Marked on the
back with the "Original by Robert" on a palette mark.
ROBERT man in hat brooch,
heavier than some I have had and more nicely made, 2". Signed on the
back just "Robert" in script. View
|ROBERT topaz rhinestone and|
artificial seed pearls set in gold tone leaves design earrings, 1-1/2".
rhinestone and artificial pearl 14-15" necklace and 7" by 1-1/4" bracelet
and 1-5/8" earrings. View
and black opaque glass brooch set in gold tone, 1-7/8″. Marked on the back
with the "Original by Robert" on a palette mark, circa 1960.
ROBERT Original by Robert orange-yellow and green enamel flower brooch
with a glass pearl center,
and earrings in faceted glass black and gold tone beads and tiny seed
beads in a flower shape, 8-strand necklace is 18" wearable length, clip
back earrings are 1-1/3". #X65731
Original by Robert genuine sea shells, orange glass "coral", clear
rhinestones and glass pearls brooch and earrings, all set in gold tone metal,
brooch 2-1/4" by 2", clip back earrings 1-1/2", all pieces signed
"Original by Robert".
|ROBERT Original by Robert green|
enamel on gold tone Christmas tree brooch with artificial pearls and
rhinestones, 2-1/4". View
ORIGINAL by ROBERT aqua glass seed bead 42-strand necklace with
enameled flower catch backed with gold tone metal, an 18" wearable length with a
2" flower catch.
|ORIGINAL by ROBERT enameled|
"flower power" royal blue and green on gold tone brooch, circa 1960s, 3.