Rodney Kent is the name of a line of hand-wrought aluminum giftware, popular from the 1930s through the 1950s, that was developed for Krischer Metal Products Co. of Brooklyn, N.Y. The line was developed by Stanley Gelford, who named the line after two streets near his office: Rodney and Kent. It includes various serving pieces, many decorated with tulips, made of an alloy of aluminum and manganese. Interestingly, some pieces are marked “Rodney Kent Silver Co.,” though they are aluminum, not silver. Some pieces had only paper tags instead of a mark.
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Known to collectors for beautiful beadwork, Vendome’s parent company Coro started using this name for their higher end jewelry in 1944. Eventually in the 1950’s, the Vendome brand had a full line of superb jewelry produced until 1979.
George Krementz founded his company in 1860’s Newark, New Jersey as a creator of men’s jewelry. They used rolled gold plate to create a high quality line of costume jewelry that was by no means cheap. According to Krementz jewelry advertisements of the time, the 14k gold overlay was thirty times as thick as the gold plating in ordinary costume jewelry. The fine quality of the pieces means they are durable and many pieces remain in excellent condition.
The company was founded by Jacques Hobé, in 1883 in France. After WW-ll William Hobé’, Jacques’ son, moved the company to the U.S.A. In California he made the tasseled and beaded jewelry collectors know Hobé for the Ziegfeld Follies, and catered to the Hollywood crowd. Hobé provided jewelry to high end department stores and expensive boutiques, and his designs were favorites of 1950’s Hollywood starlets.
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Glasbake brand glass was introduced in 1917 to compete with McKee’s answer to “Pyrex” (the heat- and breakage-resistant cookware produced by Corning). The beauty of “Glasbake” was that it was designed to be able to be used for cooking, serving and storing.