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American Costume Jewelry: Art & Industry, 1935-1950, N-Z Hardcover – October 30, 2008


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing (October 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764329839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764329838
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #892,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Deborah J. Reece on September 29, 2008
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I recently received both books (A-M and N-Z) in this series and they are truly an outstanding set of books! I also own Brunialti's "Tribute To America" and "American Costume Jewelry 1935-1950" books but this series with newly updated and researched information along with 300 new photos is a collector's dream! Besides glorious photos, it provides patent information, detailed descriptions, along with any advertisement information these pieces were featured in. Anyone familiar with Brunialti's books, know they are not pricing value guides, but informative books designed to showcase the most highly sought-after collectible jewelry desired by a beginning collector to a seasoned experienced collector. Any true collector will appreciate having these books in their reference library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By justanordinarygyrl on May 24, 2013
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These books are more like coffee table books in my opinion- for instance neither the first volume nor the second volume cover Hattie Carnegie- except in passing. They literally, gave her less than a paragraph! Other companies, major names are covered to death, especially, the exceptionally high end pieces.

Again, a good reference book, pretty to look at, but unless you are a collector in the higher end items - I wouldn't advise rushing to buy this set.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rabiah Shah on August 20, 2011
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Well researched. Provides extensive company/manufacturer histories. Impressive photos of examples from each designer. Does tend to gloss over minor league designers. Dedicates too much of first volume to Coro. None-the-less it's an exceptional reference book.
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This 2nd volume of the two book set by Brunalti could almost be called a Tribute to Trifari. Granted that Trifari was second only to Coro in production and is highly collected, but Mr. Brunalti dedicated 100 pages to them while ignoring companies like Napier. But this book is a must for anyone collecting or dealing in vintage costume jewelry. It has become the 'Resource' quoted to show authenticity. Mr. Brunalti did thorough research, showing patents along with the finished pieces, leaving no doubt as to which company produced each piece. One section at the end of the book covers all Jelly Bellies, or any Metal + Lucite jewelry that might possibly fall into that category. A smaller section shows posters from WWII and the jewelry inspired by our National pride. While I'm a little disappointed at the limited number of companies covered, the depth of material is excellent. Overall, I consider it money well-spent.
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