Seaman Schepps Brooch, ca. 1955
It came to us from my husband's grandmother.
It's made by Seaman Schepps, it's signed on the back. 1926 was the first time he started doing jewelry, and he had a shop on Madison Avenue. But he did something that gives me the clue that it's him before I saw the signature.
And that's... he took drilled pearls, probably decided not to make a necklace. And he said, "What am I going to do?" The holes are going to show. So he plugged them up with little, tiny gold fillings.
But as time went on, you start to see diamonds in there. So this is earlier, before he really went the diamond route. So this is definitely from the '50s. And he didn't necessarily use expensive stones, these are citrines. Unfortunately, brooches are not trending right now.
But, they will come back, as everything comes back. I would say in the market right now you're at $4,000 to $6,000.
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