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I asked this before and now have decided to do it. Did Ed

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I asked this before and now have decided to do it. Did Ed Wiener ever sign his jewelry ED W? or EDW?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Diane in PA replied 3 years ago.

Hello, and welcome! My name isXXXXX'm happy to help you, but it is after 11 p.m. and I am just signing off for the night. I'll do some Ed Weiner research tomorrow, if that' OK?

Can I have your name so we can chat on a first name basis? Thanks!
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

My name is Carolyn.

Expert:  Diane in PA replied 3 years ago.

Hi Carolyn. I will continue looking into this for you in the morning, ok?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.


Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Hi, Diane. Are you there today? Carolyn

Expert:  Diane in PA replied 3 years ago.
Good morning, Carolyn. Yes, I'm here. In fact, I've been working on finding this mark for a while now. I haven't come up with much yet, but I'm not throwing in the towel yet, either. Wink Just give me a little more time. I will be with you shortly.
Expert:  Diane in PA replied 3 years ago.

Carolyn, can you upload or send me a photo of the necklace so I can see the style of jewelry? Thanks!

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Diane, For you information I have seen pictures of his gold jewelry that he signs EW 14K.


I am almost positive this is Ed Wiener, but you are the expert. I bought several pieces from a reliable Seller. A small ring and 4 pendants...this is one of them. All are marked Sterling and EDW. They are beautiful and incredibly well made. His Hallmark uses the same identical block lettering. Carolyn

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I hope I am not bothering you but one more bit of information:



Expert:  Diane in PA replied 3 years ago.
Thank you for the pics. Is the piece just a pendant? Small or large? Is it on a thin chain, or is the neck part and the pendant all one piece, connected to eachother? I'm trying to determine if the style fits Ed Weiner's. His stuff was pretty "artsy".

Do you live in the NY vicinity?

Below is a link with a short bio on Ed Weiner, and a few photos of his marks. I find it interesting how the capital "ED and W" are just like yours, but unfortunately, they're not all run together like yours. "Mr. Wiener worked largely in silver until the late 1950's when he branched out into new settings in gold and precious jewels, moving, as one critic put it, from craft into art."

There is a book on his jewelry that is available for sale for $30.00 - this may or may not have the information you're looking for, but there's always a possibility. If you look for it on Amazon, it's either sold out, or with a price of $158 for the same book.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

The Ring has the same dot type design as the image on the left you sent me.


The Necklace has a long projection at the top that attaches it to the pendant. It with the same type design at the top of the projection as the pendant.. The piece weighs 12.1 grams. With the projection it is 3-1/4" x 2".


I sent you the bio also. I had already looked that up under American Sterling Hallmarks.



Expert:  Diane in PA replied 3 years ago.

Carolyn, I've hunted all over the place!! for another "EDW" mark, to no avail. Going by the style you described and the same block lettering, I have to conclude and agree with you, that there is a very high probability it would be an Ed Weiner piece. After all, it doesn't appear to be a mass-produced piece. His jewelry is hard to come by, and being there is not a lot of it floating around, many collectors may have never heard of him. I think his pieces would be more for the 'specialty' market, meaning I wouldn't try to sell it on eBay, etc. New York modernist jewelry collectors would have a great interest in it.

There is currently one of his pieces for sale on eBay, asking $2,750. _in_kw=1&_ex_kw=&_sacat=281&_okw=&_oexkw=&_adv=1&_udlo=&_udhi=&_ftrt=901&_ftrv=1&_sabdlo=&_sabdhi=&_samilow=&_samihi=&_sadis=200&_fpos=&_fsct=&LH_SALE_CURRENCY=0&_sop=10&_dmd=1&_ipg=50

The only completed sales I found over the last 3 months were:

A pendent: ($100)

and a sterling tie clip for $30:
Expert:  Diane in PA replied 3 years ago.

Forgive me, Carolyn! When I searched eBay I spelled "Wiener" wrong. Back to looking for you!
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

A better Picture:


Expert:  Diane in PA replied 3 years ago.

Carolyn, my final personal and professional opinion is that the EDW sterling mark fits as Ed Wiener pieces. I would like to leave you with a good lead, in case you decide to sell.

The following site says that they are always looking for jewelry by Ed Wiener jewelry. They might be able to confirm or deny the EDW mark for you: (scroll down to view the Wiener pieces:
Expert:  Diane in PA replied 3 years ago.

Check out these sales: Smile

http://www.ebay.c om/itm/RAREST-1947-ED-WIENER-MODERNIST-MARTHA-GRAHAM-DANCER-STERLING-SILVER-BROOCH-PIN-/271108964154?_trksid=p2047675.m1850&_trkparms=aid%3D222002%26algo%3DSIC.FIT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D11%26meid%3D3711883970996516382%26pid%3D100011%26prg%3D1005%26rk%3D1%26sd%3D251169093551%26
________________________ Signed-Cuff-Bracelet-ED-WIENER-/330788759110?item=330788759110&ViewItem=&category=165072&nma=true&si=Fyg6C7ZEDrzwDWIWfwwgRzYlgdA%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

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I wish you the best with this. Have a super Sunday. Laughing


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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thanks for your help. I believe you did the best you could with the information available. I am sorry we were not able to absolutely authenticate the EDW Mark.


As for the McDonald book for $30.00....I have been to that site numerous times...the book originally sold for $ is not for sale for that price now....the $100+ rate is closer to the mark.



Expert:  Diane in PA replied 3 years ago.

Aw, too bad! (the book) They shouldn't be advertising $30 then. Yes, I did put a lot of time into the EDW, but didn't find any others with that marking. NOR any other companies/silversmiths, etc. with that marking, so it's highly likely it goes back to Ed. A true Ed Wiener collector might know, but I'm almost positive it's his. Smile
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thank you,


Expert:  Diane in PA replied 3 years ago.

You're welcome. Happiest of holidays!

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