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Funny vintage brooch by Theodor Fahrner, Pforzheim around 1955

"The beauty of dress is enhanced to an extraordinary degree by the distinctive effect of Fahrner jewellery. No lady of taste will want to do without it in the future." (From a brochure of the Theodor Fahrner company from the 1920s) In the history of Art Nouveau and Art Deco jewellery, Fahrner jewellery from Pforzheim occupies a special place. Theodor Fahrner and later his successor Gustav Braendle knew how to make artistically convincing designs and high-quality workmanship the hallmark of their brooches, necklaces, bracelets and earrings like hardly any other modern jewellery manufacturer. Every year, travelling salesmen with large sample cases presented the new designs developed in Pforzheim to local jewellers. One such sample case full of unworn Fahrner jewellery has lain untouched in an attic for the last 40 years or more until it was offered to us. It contained samples of almost every series from about 1919 until the company's dissolution in 1979, most of them marked with a model number or the "Original Fahrner" seal. The present brooch comes from this collection and is therefore unworn and perfectly preserved. The brooch is in the shape of a branch with small willow catkins sprouting from its buds. This motif was developed by Fahrner for the first time in 1937, cf. the description in "Theodor Fahrner. Schmuck zwischen Avantgarde und Tradition", edited by Brigitte Leonhardt and Dieter Zühlsdorff, Stuttgart 2005, p. 228. The one we have here was probably shaped in the years around 1955, because it bears, in addition to the "Original Fahrner Plombe", the jubilee mark with the inscription "100 years Fahrner", which was introduced in 1950 and only used for a short time. This shows that the motif remained topical: the symbol of a new beginning was particularly fitting for the German post-war period, when brooches with figurative motifs were intended to inspire joyful conversation. The brooch was made for export. This is revealed by the stamping, which is aimed at an international audience: "Sterling Germany". Fahrner jewelry is often collected. Discover all the other Fahrner jewelry we offer at this location.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.