1988 Jj Jonette Vintage Pewter Hummingbird Pin New Old Stock
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1988 Jj Jonette Vintage Pewter Hummingbird Pin New Old Stock:
This is a whimsical vintage pewter brooch from JJ Jonette! This brooch is signed "© JJ" and is beautifully detailed in the figure of a hummingbird with raised wings. Measures about2½” Tall x 1½” Widex½” Deep. Roll over clasp, which functions as designed. Makes a fun gift or a unique addition to your wearable vintage collection!
This delightful pin is in very good vintage condition, possibly used for display. Acquired as New Old Stock from a gift store that closed in the 2000s. See pictures as integral to description of this fun kinetic piece of vintage jewelry.
History of Jonette Jewelry: JJ is the abbreviation for Jonette Jewelry.
Inception: After training as a physician, Abraham Lisker entered the jewelry industry in Rhode Island, until starting his own jewelry enterprise in 1935. His brother Nathan joined in 1937. Popularity and sales success of their ballerina and mother-of-pearl pins inspired them to specialize in novelty figures.
World War II caused a brief closure; but at the end of the War, the brothers renamed their company combining their parent's names, John and Etta - thus “Jonette Jewelry Co.,” established 1944, incorporated in Rhode Island.
Production: Jonette Jewelry did a large amount of licensing for companies such as Spoontiques Pin Art (7) so these items are found on different cards than the Artifacts, so they might appear to be "fakes", although most are still marked ©JJ.
1970 marked the start of the “© JJ” mark, signed on all pieces from then on. Abraham's son, B. Gordon
Lisker, headed the company when his father retired; and outsourced some production to other companies. In 1986, they registered the name "Artifacts", using Roman numerals MCMLXXXVI on jewelry cards; and next launched their Southwestern line with the "Santa Fe" mark, signed “JJ 1988”.
The company used different metals and finishes (including brass, pewter, base metal, sterling silver, enameling and resin) and manufactured thousands of figural and whimsical novelty designs, to date. Best known for their pins, Jonette Jewelry Co. also manufactured jewelry, letter openers, photograph frames, watch straps or bands or bracelets, bookmarks, candle holders and more.
Closure: After 62 years as a family owned private company, Jonette Jewelry Co. ended production in September 2006, due to global competition and market conditions. 2008 Reports show employed staff of approximately 78 in a single location facility and estimated annual revenue of $5,300,000. (by L. Silver 121409)