Vintage Trifari Costume Jewellery
Vintage Trifari costume jewelry are is original fashion jewellery designed and manufactured by the American-based company Trifari.
History & Description
The company was originally founded by Gustavo Trifari and his uncle in 1910 but the business only really started to gain recognition following the partnerships with Leo Kraussmann in 1918 and Carl Fishel in 1925.
In the early 1930s, the company hired Alfred Philippe as their head designer. At the time, Philippe was considered as one of the country’s leading jewelry designers and had previously worked for Cartier, Van Cleef and Arpels.
After remaining in the Trifari, Krausmann and Fishel families for successive generations since 1910, the company was sold to Hallmark in 1975.
Guide for collectors
Today, the company’s costume jewelry is extremely collectible and is regularly offered by both national and international auction houses. Records indicate that jewelry designed by Alfred Philippe in the 1930s and 1940s are the most sought after by collectors, especially Philippe’s Fruit Salad jewelry, which is a combination of red, green and blue gemstones.
The company’s products can be easy identified as every single piece of jewelry was signed KTF.
For more information, collectors should visit the Morning Glory Jewelry and House of Francheska websites.
Notable auction sales
On October 12th 1998 at Christie’s in New York, a frog clip of silver metal with faux rubies and crystal, circa 1935, realised a price of $1,955.
On October 12th 1998 at Christie’s in New York, a pierced heart brooch with Fruit Salad faux moonstone, sapphire leaves and crystals, circa 1930, realised a price of $1,955.
On December 5th 2009 at Dirk Soulis Auctions in Long Jack, Missouri, seven pieces of costume jewelry realised a price of $1,850.
On November 16th 2004 at Doyle New York two Lucite brooches in the shape of a seal and a penguin, circa 1943, realised a price of $1,000.
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