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crowthang
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iconnumber posted 04-08-2002 04:47 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just got a sterling silver brooch that appears to be from the 1930's or 1940's and I've never seen the maker's mark before and thought someone might have an idea! The mark is a five-pointed star with a "B" inside it. Thanks!

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iconnumber posted 04-08-2002 04:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The mark is that of B. A. Ballou & Co. of Providence, R.I., in business since 1876.

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iconnumber posted 04-08-2002 09:43 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Paul Lemieux:
The mark is that of B. A. Ballou & Co. of Providence, R.I., in business since 1876.

Thanks! I assume that means still in business?

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iconnumber posted 04-08-2002 11:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My reference source was Rainwater's American Jewelry Manufacturers, and the entry for Ballou mentioned about their "...jewlery since 1976..." so it was definitely in business at the time of the book's writing, which was about 15 or 20 years ago I think. It is probably still in business today.

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iconnumber posted 04-09-2002 12:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They are and here is their wed site:
http://www.netselect.ballou.com

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iconnumber posted 12-23-2014 01:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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W.R. Cobb Acquires B.A. Ballou
By JCK Staff
Posted on May 12, 2009

W.R. Cobb has acquired B.A Ballou, one America’s oldest jewelry manufacturers.

140-year-old B.A. Ballou had been closed after being put into receivership. It later reopened, and its assets were sold to Cobb.

As part of the acquisition, W.R. Cobb has secured all of Ballou’s intellectual property, equipment, tooling, and their management team.

“The acquisition of B. A. Ballou is a major strategic opportunity for our company,” said Roderick Lichtenfels, chief executive officer of W.R. Cobb. “For the past 130 years, W.R. Cobb has competed with the 140-year-old B.A. Ballou. The two companies have been the leaders in manufacturing high quality jewelry findings and the combined company creates a powerful global manufacturer.”

Cobb/Ballou Findings will focus its manufacturing in the United States at its facilities in Rhode Island. In addition to the Rhode Island headquarters and manufacturing operations, Cobb/Ballou Findings will operate offices in Ireland, England, Vietnam, Thailand, India, and Hong Kong.

Combined, Cobb/Ballou Findings will operate sales offices in more than 20 countries around the world. Additionally, immediate steps are being made to add all of Ballou’s products onto the www.WRCobb.com .


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