Collection of Eisenberg Originals -- mostly vintage costume jewelry -- will be auctioned Sept. 12th
A single-owner lifetime collection of Eisenberg Originals – mostly costume jewelry pieces but also to include clothing, handbags, perfumes, compacts, cosmetics, belts and original advertisements, all from company's heyday from the 1920s-1950s.
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',"
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 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."
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 two sons.
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.
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