Hobe Brothers Jewelry
This is a gorgeous crystal brooch in the shape of a guitar with strings! The piece is loaded with brilliant unfoiled crystals in clear, blue and pink tones. The frame is brass and the strings are twisted brass wires. The brooch is unmarked but shows all the style and workmanship typical of a 1940s Hobe Brothers piece.
The Hobe et Cie jewelry company (also referred to as Hobe Brothers) was founded in Paris in 1887. Jacques Hobe's son, William Hobe, started working in the theatrical costume business in the 1920s in New York and drew the attention of Florence Ziegfield. In the mid-‐1920s William Hobe began creating costumes and jewelry for the Ziegfield Follies on Broadway. The business grew from there into the upscale retail department stores in the '30s. In the 1960s William's sons Robert and Donald took over the business, which is run today by his grandson James.
In its long history, Hobe always was focused on unique designs and high quality. They maintained their upscale image, keeping prices and distribution on the high-‐end. Hobe jewelry exhibits a certain diversity and flair seldomly matched in the jewelry of today. Almost all of the Hobe jewelry introduced prior to 1970 was designed by members of the Hobe family. For more on Hobe click here and here.