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Jakob Bengel Jewelry

This wonderful selection of Jakob Bengel jewelry includes necklaces, bracelets, and brooches. This German maker, whose Machine Age designs are so coveted today, first opened a watch chain and metal wares factory in Idar-Oberstein in 1873. Greatly influenced by the Bauhaus School, the company changed to the production of costume jewelry in the 1920s. Designers fashioned stainless steel, chrome, nickel, glass, and Galalith into geometric shapes. By the 1930s, their distinctive Art Deco pieces were shipped all over the world. Production ceased at the start of World War II. The company remained unknown until the late 1990s. Read more about Jakob Bengel.

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    Black & Red Galalith & Chrome German Machine Age Necklace

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    This German Machine Age necklace has as its centerpiece a row of three arrow-shaped black Galalith plaques covered with chrome triangle panels, with a fourth plaque as a drop and a red Galalith cylindrical bead on both sides. The chain links and findings are chrome.  This piece reminds me of the work of Jakob Bengel.  I had four links removed from this necklace because I bought it for myself, but I saved the pieces for the future owner.
    CAD$495.00
    CAD$495.00
  • Jakob Bengel brickwork necklace
    CAD$475.00
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    Chrome Brickwork German Machine Age Necklace by Jakob Bengel

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    This Jakob Bengel necklace in the well-known Mauerwerk (brickwork) pattern is the epitome of German Machine Age design. This chromium-plated brass piece, which closes with a spring-ring clasp, feels very slinky. You can wear this necklace on either side.
    CAD$475.00
    CAD$475.00
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    Green & Black Brickwork German Machine Age Necklace by Jakob Bengel

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    Although it's unsigned, this 1930s Mauerwerk (brickwork) necklace has been well-documented as a Jakob Bengel piece.  It features green and black enamel on chrome with an attractive link chain and a spring-ring clasp. This German Machine Age necklace is extremely flexible and can be worn on either side.  Scroll down to see the same necklace in red and black.
    CAD$400.00
    CAD$400.00
  • CAD$195.00
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    Lapis & Chrome German Machine Age Necklace by Jakob Bengel

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    Lapis glass beads separated by decorative chrome links and a center Galalith(?) bead with chrome end caps form this German Machine Age necklace.  The same piece in other colors has been attributed to Bengel by a British expert. This necklace closes with a spring-ring clasp, which may be a replacement (it is brass in color). The center bead has a minor flaw that probably occurred during manufacture.  This small imperfection does not detract from the beauty or wearability of this necklace. Scroll down to see earrings and bracelets that coordinate with this piece.
    CAD$195.00
    CAD$195.00
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    Red & Black Brickwork German Machine Age Necklace by Jakob Bengel

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    Although it's unsigned, this 1930s Mauerwerk (brickwork) necklace has been well documented as a piece by Jakob Bengel. It features red and black enamel on chrome with an attractive link chain and a spring-ring clasp. This Machine Age necklace is extremely flexible and can be worn on either side. This piece is from my personal collection. Scroll down to see a red and black enamel bracelet by the same maker as well as the same necklace in green and black.
    CAD$450.00
    CAD$450.00
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    Red & Black Enamel German Machine Age Bracelet by Jakob Bengel

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    Red and black enamel decorate this chrome 1930s German Machine Age bracelet attributed to Jakob Bengel. (His pieces were not signed.) The articulation is superb. This bracelet closes with a spring-ring clasp.  Scroll down to see one of his brickwork necklaces in the same color combination.
    CAD$325.00
    CAD$325.00
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    Red Bakelite & Chrome Machine Age Bar Brooch

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    This cylinder brooch of red plastic (Bakelite?) wrapped in chrome reminds me of the work of Jakob Bengel. Early plastics were often combined with other materials during the Art Deco era. This piece closes with a simple C-clasp.
    CAD$175.00
    CAD$175.00