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Post  Maryr on Thu 14 Apr - 11:06

I have been digging thru photos I took when I was researching my first Crown Lynn book. Here are the bracelets shown to me by a woman who worked at CL in the 1940s. She told me that a considerable amount of jewellery was made including bracelets and matching brooches. The ceramic buttons were made in a variety of colours and sold to a jeweller who put them in silver mounts. I hope more of these turn up!
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Post  Kat & Co. on Thu 14 Apr - 11:49

I want one! Cool Twisted Evil
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Post  Ev on Thu 14 Apr - 12:44

Brilliant, Awesome, Fantastic to see these on the site. Thank you Val.
The Portage Museum showed something like these, but big enough to be a brooch.
I must check it out if I can.
Kat you can find some on your travels Very Happy
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Post  teaandcoffee on Wed 2 May - 14:16

I'll tack this post on to this thread since brooches are discussed above.

I believe this is a 1940s Crown Lynn Brooch. It is earthenware, not porcelain so it can't be a Ruskin one. The colour of the glaze is right and the shape and general size is right for CL too (as shown above). There is a small flaw on the surface, a high point that has not been covered by glaze. The clay underneath is the yellowy one we know from Ambrico wartime pots.

The question relates to the decorated worked bezel - it appears to be made of a metal closer to pewter than silver. It makes me wonder if it was possible for craft jewellers to buy the cabochons and set them themselves?

The cabochon measures about 22 mm or 7/8 of an inch in diameter.

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Post  Ev on Wed 2 May - 16:50

Geoffrey Clark recently emailed me about the bracelets and I'm sure I added his inside info somewhere. Basically he said that the jewellery was made by the Dry Press Division and not by Ambrico.
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Post  teaandcoffee on Wed 2 May - 17:05

When was the dry press division split from Ambrico Ev? Wouldn't these have been made very close to that time?

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Post  Ev on Wed 2 May - 17:29

He mentioned 1950, but I don't have dates for when they set it up.
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Post  teaandcoffee on Thu 3 May - 22:06

Having thought about this, these seem to me to be much more 1940s products rather than early 1950s ones - late wartime and immediate post war jewels. I don't think the market would have been as receptive to this sort of thing by the 1950s. The glazes are 40s ones too. Is this from Geoffrey Clark's memory or is there a contemporary document maybe?


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Post  Ev on Fri 4 May - 6:43

I'm not sure where he got the information from T&C as he didn't say.
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Post  Maryr on Sat 9 Nov - 18:09

I just did a google search for Image Ruskin Jewellery.
The mind boggles. I am going to have a wine and look at this in the morning.
We need to find a piece of authenticated Crown Lynn jewellery (from the Ockleston family?) and look at the back of it.
I didnt take a photo of the back when I photographed Melva Ockleston's. You have no idea how much I regret that now!


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Post  Maryr on Mon 11 Nov - 8:01

I am now more hopeful about Sarah's brooch being Crown Lynn. The back of hers is roughly finished with a relatively primitive Sterling Silver mark, as perhaps befits the early days in the Provinces.  
Sarah believes that other Ruskin jewellery she has seen are better finished on the back and are marked.
Here is a pic I 'borrowed" off Etsy.  
Ev I guess I will have to delete this pic but I would like it to stay up for a couple of days for members to ponder.
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Post  Ev on Mon 11 Nov - 8:32

Gosh one would think that a jeweller in Shortland Street would mount these pieces in a professional way.....  This is what Geoffrey Clark told me last year:

"Crown Lynn jewellery was made by the Crown Lynn Dry Pressed Department starting around 1947.  If you recall the early bathroom and outdoor taps made in New Zealand called Kowhai they had a ceramic disc in the top of them with the word Kowhai and the word cold or hot.  Those ceramic discs were dry pressed and from those a decorative glaze was applied and out of that grew the Crown Lynn range of jewellery.  The ceramic discs were refined to be thinner and a smaller dome than the Kowhai tap and some of them were oval were pendants.  The finished glazed pottery pieces were sent into a jewellery workshop in Shortland Street in the city and mounted up in silver back plates and linked together individually or via chain depending on the nature of the piece. "
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Post  Maryr on Mon 11 Nov - 8:47

Here are a couple of photos of the brooch I saw in the weekend - I put these images on Facebook, not on this site, because I am still not sure that they are CL. But here they are to look at!
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Post  Ev on Mon 11 Nov - 9:20

Thanks Val.
I hope Geoffrey sees them and can help with identification.
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