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Single-owner lifetime collection of Eisenberg Originals, mostly vintage costume jewelry, will be auctioned Sept. 12
The sale will be held live and online by Ripley Auctions, based in Indianapolis, Indiana. The collection features costume jewelry, clothes, fragrances, belts and scarves.
Indianapolis, IN, USA, July 14, 2020 -- A single-owner lifetime collection of Eisenberg Originals – mostly dazzling costume jewelry pieces but also to include clothing, handbags, perfumes, compacts, cosmetics, belts and original advertisements, all from company’s heyday from the 1920s to the 1950s – will be sold in a live and online auction Saturday, September 12th by Ripley Auctions.
The auction will begin promptly at 11 am Eastern time in Ripley Auctions’ gallery located at 2764 East 55th Place in Indianapolis. Online bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Telephone and absentee bids will also be accepted. Previews will be held by appointment only, the week before the auction. To schedule an appointment, call 317-251-5635.
Sharon Schwartz was a seasoned antique dealer and collector but had never even heard of Eisenberg when she entered an antique shop in the late 1980s to browse and there spotted a gorgeous rhinestone piece. “On the back it said, ‘Eisenberg Originals’,” she said. “I fell in love and started collecting. I tried to learn more about Eisenberg but there was very little out there.”
Between then and now, Schwartz had accumulated so many Eisenberg Originals – around 500 items in all – and acquired so much knowledge about the company that she wrote a book, titled Eisenberg Originals, The Golden Years of Fashion, Jewelry and Fragrance, 1920s-1950s. The book was co-authored by Laura Sutton, a friend and collector. It’s available for sale on Amazon.
“The auction will be organized in the order of the book,” said Kristen Hein of Ripley Auctions. “We will literally start with page one and go through the last page of her book, offering lots in the order they are presented in her book. We are also advertising her book and sending links to Amazon with our promotions, thinking buyers will want to have it to help with their research.”
As chronicled in the book, Jonas Eisenberg immigrated from Austria to the United States in the late 1800s and worked in the fashion industry for 30 years before founding a fine dress company with his brother, Julius, in 1914. The partnership dissolved within five years, after which Jonas moved to Chicago and launched Eisenberg & Sons with sons Harold and Sam, both in their 20s.
At first, Eisenberg & Sons was solely a dress manufacturer. The company label, Eisenberg & Sons Originals, was defined by luxurious designs that showcased impeccable taste. The company stepped into the world of jewelry when rhinestone dress accents evolved as individual jewelry pieces that were sewn onto the dress to finish the look. Jewelry became a separate line by 1935.
“Eisenberg used only the finest craftsmen, designers and available materials that were workable for a vintage piece of jewelry,” Sharon Schwartz said. “For instance, they used Austrian Swarovski crystals, which were much heavier than other crystals. It’s what helped give Eisenberg jewelry its shimmer and brilliance.”
That commitment to excellence spilled over to the company’s other lines, like fragrances, belts, scarves and what Schwartz called “ladies’ things,” all of which are in her collection, to be offered in its entirety on September 12th. “I’d love to say my children are interested in my Eisenberg Originals, but sadly they aren’t,” she said. “So it’s time to share them with the world.”
Strong candidates for top lot of the auction include a sterling vermeil mermaid brooch holding strands of aquamarine crystals, with aquamarine crystal torso and red enamel lips (est. $1,200-$1,800); and designer Ruth Kamke’s sterling vermeil orchid flower with bright citrine stones bezel and pave clear accents and green enamel, a personal favorite of hers (est. $800-$1,000).
Brooches from the mid-1940s expected to do well include a figural prancing zebra brooch with carved body, green enamel stripes, black enamel accents and clear rhinestones along the belly (est. $600-$800); and a sterling vermeil flowers and vase brooch with one ¼-inch citrine crystal that forms the vase and topaz rhinestone flowers set with clear pave rhinestones (est. $600-$700).
To learn more about Ripley Auctions and the September 12th auction of the Sharon Schwartz collection of Eisenberg Originals, visit www.RipleyAuctions.com. Updates are posted often.
Ripley Auctions offers auction services for estates, collections and personal property for individuals, heirs, executors, legal representatives and commercial clients. It is a state-of-the-art global marketplace for arts, antiques, jewelry and memorabilia. Ripley Auctions is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To inquire about consigning an item, an estate or collection, call (317) 251-5635; or, you can e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more, please visit www.ripleyauctions.com.