Dating antiques hinges
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Instead, articles are added on a regular basis to JEWEL CHAT on line Magazine, a wonderful reference for information on many makers and styles of vintage jewelry.
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You can read the other articles in this series here: Part 1: Vintage Jewelry Marks: Help for Dating Your Vintage Jewelry Part 2: Silver Jewelry Marks: Learn to Identify and Date Silver Jewelry Part 3: Vintage Jewelry Patents: Find and Use them to Date Vintage Jewelry So let’s get started learning about vintage jewelry hardware.
The earliest type of brooch clasp is a simple hook, also known as the C-clasp, since the hook is shaped like the letter “C.” It was used well into the 1930s.
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Vintage jewelry findings of the 50s, including safety catches, pin stems and joints, ear wires and nuts. Exclusively Wholesale, 1950 Vintage jewelry findings including guard chains and ring guards.
Pin stems, screw-back earrings findings, safety and plain catches. Dual ring guards, child's ring chains, earrings guards, safety chains, cord bracelet guard chains, Benj. Exclusively Wholesale, 1950 shown here was patented in about 1894, though these earrings originally had a different style back for pierced ears.
The best jewelry detectives know that leftover components from earlier periods were sometimes used by frugal jewelry manufacturers, however, and clasps might have been replaced over time as well.
Old nails were handmade, square and often had beaten heads and were generally uneven in appearance; whilst modern nails (post circa 1880) are mass produced and uniform.
For example, modern planes and Period planes work differently and leave completely different scars, likewise Period saw-marks are unevenly parallel compared to modern saw-marks which are identically parallel or radial.