Again, from Ann M. Pittman's article in "Antique Week", Jenny says:
"I tend to believe a specific company produced pieces
marked with just the LN signature. Pieces with just the initials LN as a
signature appear to be the oldest for the most part. How the slash fits
into the picture is the big mystery. Does this evidence a new partner in
the company, the division of the company, or a different company entirely?
Were the numbers 25 and 50 product specific, used to indicate years of
production, amount of inventory produced, different factory locations or
"There is absolutely no rhyme or reason for how these
pieces were marked. For instance, were all the clear rhinestone pieces
marked a specific way? No. Were all the enameled pieces marked with one
signature? No. Perhaps all clips were signed identically? No. The pieces,
even among the war era pins, were marked with different signatures.
"Every time I think I have something definite pinned
down, along comes another piece to destroys my current theory,” said
"Although costume jewelry sleuths have long pursued
finding out just who LN is, Stephens says she hopes it remains a mystery.
'Not knowing….well, that’s all part of the fun”.
Thanks to Connie Swaim of Antique Week and Ann Pittman for allowing us to
reprint parts of this article.
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