Do you want to wear a piece of history?
Authenticated Jakob Bengel pieces from the 1930s, these pins were purchased direct from the German factory in the 1980s and then left in storage until recently.
A textured, almost burnished machine made pin of a silver metal amalgam this piece demonstrates the start of jewellery making in the modern age. Simple, yet striking in its gorgeous leaf shape, this brooch represents one of the most exciting periods of design.
It is a wonderful example of jewellery manufactured in the 1930s that was designed to be fun and affordable. Jewellery meant for everyone.
The leaf shape is reflects the Bengel interest in experimental Bauhaus and Art Deco styles. It is a wonderful reflection of the transition from old to new as well as a great understanding of what his contemporary customers wanted. Clean, fresh design.
This pin will take the weather brilliantly and it will sit securely on a coat or jacket. Light enough for a shirt or blouse, a supportive brooch sponge can be used for extra security. The chrome is tarnish proof.
I have hand polished each brooch, however, if you prefer one that retains the patina of ninety years of storage, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org before you purchase.
There can be some slight discolourations within the metal but they are original to the piece.
Size and condition
6 x 2 cm. Unworn. Mint condition.
Even heavy brooches can be worn on modern garments using a supportive brooch sponge. FIND OUT HOW
Your brooch will include a complimentary sponge and will be packed securely and decoratively.
Special gift wrapping can be purchased at checkout.
History of Jakob Bengel Jewellery
Jakob Bengel opened his jewellery factory in 1873 in Idar-Oberstein, German. Until the 1920s the company specialised in the manufacture of watch chains and chatelaines. By the 1930s it had become one of the leading producers of costume or fashion jewellery in the world in the Bauhaus and Art Deco period styles exporting as far as the USA.
Taken over for war production, jewellery ceased being made and the factory was closed entirely in 1939. Undiscovered until the late 1990s, in 2001 it was turned into a museum and showcases the original machinery, drawings and pattern books.
Famous for his experimental pieces, designers fashioned stainless steel, chrome, nickel, glass, and Galalith into geometric shapes. Galalith (a synthetic plastic material manufactured from casein/milk protein and formaldehyde) is similar to Bakelite and Catalin). Usually unsigned and unmarked, Bengel jewellery is highly collectible.
Two reference books have been published featuring the original drawings and pieces. A trust was set up in 2001 to preserve and present the whole complex as an industrial monument where visitors are able to see examples of Jakob Bengel’s work, and displays illustrating the industrialisation of the jewellery industry.
“Art Deco Schmuck” Christianne Weber – Arnoldsche
“Bengel Art Deco Schmuck” Wilhelm Lindemann & Others – Arnoldsche