Jewelry Design Books of Jaques and Marcus, 1890-1926 Rauner Manuscript MS-674

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Title:

Jewelry Design Books of Jaques and Marcus

Call Number:

Rauner Manuscript MS-674

Collection Dates:

1890-1926

Size of Collection:

10 linear ft., 8 boxes

Abstract:

Jaques and Marcus (1892-1962), jewelers. The collection contains eight scrapbooks with custom jewelry designs.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Conditions Governing Access

Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The collection contains eight scrapbooks of custom jewelry designs from the firm of Jaques and Marcus, later Marcus and Company. The books contain pen and ink drawings with wash and pigment coloration. Each design was custom-made for clients and the designs were later pasted into the volumes. Included are designs for brooches, pendants, hair ornaments, chains, and necklaces. Laid in to Volume I is a typescript, "History of Marcus & Co." as well as letters related to financial interest in the Tecla Co.

Corporate History

Jaques and Marcus was founded when Herman Marcus, an immigrant from Germany, partnered first with Theodore B. Starr (in 1864) and later with George Jaques (in 1884) to open a jewelry shop on 857 Broadway in New York City. In 1882, Jaques and William Marcus, Herman's son, published a book about neglected gemstones, thereby setting themselves apart from the all white diamond look popular at the time. In 1892, Jaques retired and the company became Marcus & Co.. Herman Marcus died in 1899, and his sons took over the business. During the first decade of the twentieth century the firm offered a variety of Revivalist style jewelry, including Egyptian, Renaissance and Mughal inspired pieces. The company stayed within the Marcus family until 1941, when it was sold to Gimbel Brothers department store. In 1962 the company merged with Black, Star and Frost.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, 1890-1926

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Jewelry design scrapbook: Badges, Bracelets, Scarf Pins, Sleeve Buttons, Lockets, Charms, and Fobs, Miscellaneous. Laid in is "A History of Marcus & Co.," typescript and two letters related to shares in the London Tecla Company, Inc. (1926) (Volume 1)

Box: 2, 1890-1926

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Jewelry Design Scrapbooks: Brooches and Pendants No.1 (Volume 2)

Box: 3, 1890-1926

Jewelry design scrapbooks: Brooches and Pendants No.2 (Volume 3)

Box: 4, 1890-1926

Jewelery Design Scrapbooks: Brooches and Pendants No.3 (Volume 4)

Box: 5, 1890-1926

Jewelery Design Scrapbooks: Chains, Necklaces, Hair Ornaments, Hat Pins No. 1 (Volume 5)

Box: 6, 1890-1926

Jewelery Design Scrapbooks: Chains, Necklaces, Hair Ornaments, Hat Pins No. 2 (Volume 6)

Box: 7, 1890-1926

Jewelery Design Scrapbooks: Chains, Necklaces, Hair Ornaments, Hat Pins No. 4 (Volume 7)

Box: 8, 1890-1926

Jewelery Design Scrapbooks: Miscellaneous (Volume 8)

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