About the Artist:
The Jonette Jewelry Company was started by Abraham Lisker. Before he decided on his career path, Mr. Lisker trained as a physician, until he changed directions and entered the jewelry industry, working for several years in Rhode Island. In 1935, he started his own business, “Providence Jewelry Company,” and produced costume jewelry in East Providence, Rhode Island.
In 1937, when his brother Nathan joined the business, the name was changed to “Lisker & Lisker.” Following the sales success and popularity of their ballerina and mother-of-pearl pins, Abraham Lisker directed the company towards novelty figural pieces.
When World War II began, Abraham Lisker closed the factory (due to government restrictions and shortages of materials), then enlisted and served a two-year tour of duty in the U.S. Army. At the war’s end, the Lisker brothers decided to rename the company, and they combined the names of their parents, John and Etta, to form the name Jonette. Records show that the “Jonette Jewelry Co.” was established in 1944, incorporated in the state of Rhode Island.
1970 marked the start of the copyrighted “JJ” mark, which was signed on all pieces from that point forward. Abraham Lisker decided to retire in 1972, and his son, B. Gordon Lisker, took over the business. After nearly 70 years as a family-operated business, the company closed in 2006.
Made of pewter with finely etched details, this tiger brooch from the Jonette Jewelry Company is a stunning find. The hallmark “JJ©” and the date 1986 are embossed on the back side of the brooch.
The vintage brooch is in excellent condition, showing no marks nor scratches. The pin and clasp mechanism is in working order, though the pin is slightly bent. This brooch appears as if it has never been worn.
For those who love Art Deco designs or animal figures, this brooch makes for a great piece of jewelry. It would also be a welcome addition to any vintage costume jewelry collection.
Note: As part of our Colors of Autumn Celebration, purchase of the Rare Pewter Tiger Brooch comes with a free $25 Dogbotz Boneyard gift certificate, which can be redeemed during a future purchase at our online store. The expiration date of the gift certificate is one year after purchase of this item.