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What would a. brooch be worth that is stamped without the?

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What would a b.david brooch be worth that is stamped without the b? It's stamped with just DAVID. I've had this for 40 years, and was given to me by my great grandmother when she was in her mid 90's.
Thanks,
Cheryl Williams
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 1 year ago.

Hello and welcome! My name is Doris.
I have been an antiques collector, dealer and appraiser for over 56 years.
I will be pleased to help you.

History of B. David Jewelry

"1945 - 1993? Cincinnati Ohio -B. David company was a small company that produced costume and fine jewelry. Their output was limited. This company produced a famous crown pin that is a collectors favorite. Signature Designs: Pretty, high quality rhinestone combinations, dainty jewelry."

Source:Amazing Adornments

On further research in my books on costume and fine jewelry, I found the mark was just "David" the first five years. This means your brooch was made sometime between 1940 and 1945.

I used to carry some jewelry in my former store.

On average a B David costume brooch retails for between $40-65.

The early costume brooches would sell for about 20% more.

The firm's fine jewelry sells for much more, but again, its early jewelry would sell about 20% more.

A private seller to a dealer can expect 30-60% of retail value.

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