07-01-2013 03:51 AM
I too can clearly see the Burr signature - and what appears to be the initial S. before it. I also think the numbers under the signature are 75. (Date?) No idea what those other marks mean.
I googled Burr and found two or three items of jewelry made by someone called Stephen Burr - who apparently had (or has) a studio in Hawaii ... a couple of his pieces were listed and sold on Etsy.
Not sure if this is the same artist or not - but it might be worth trying to find out more about Stephen Burr as he also worked in brass.
07-01-2013 04:14 AM
Thank you Arlene, I saw a necklace also on worth point sold in 2011? and the one on Etsy both sold for how much I have no idea.. No pictures of signatures.
If this is Stephen Burr he is from Maui and had a storefront in the 80's..then end of trail..going to keep looking.
This bracelet is meant for a small wrist..Any ideas on cleaning brass?(non toxic) and what flower could that be?..I really am bad at flowers in jewelry form..lol
07-01-2013 04:53 AM
I used ketchup..does it look cleaner?? also found a belt buckle with the same flower..I think the *Burr* has the characteristics especially if the year is stating 75 and it is in script on completed listing and imo this looks a lil bit more primitive..if that is the right word. Like beginning work. He seems to be more known for art pastels paintings.
Here's another completed listing with the same flower motif just in belt buckle form..with the signature S Burr. Thanks
07-01-2013 05:02 AM
I found the belt buckle you mentioned and yes - it does look very similar - :-)
If this is an early piece the signature could well have changed as he became more established and confident ... for sure.
Why not try to contact him and ask? - seems he's still active as an artist ... and is represented by a gallery.
07-01-2013 05:03 AM
121107108426 buckle...,maybe the SF on the other side is San Francisco..just a thought. He moved to Maui in the 80"s
just thinking out loud..thanks
07-01-2013 05:05 AM
Ok will do what I can..Thanks for all your help..Just from researching costume jewelry and how how signatures changed through the years..that is why i though maybe earlier work..
Appreciate all your help
07-01-2013 05:36 AM
If you do found out more will you post an update, please?
The only thing that beats the thrill of the hunt is the thrill of research... tracking down a maker - it's such fun, this sleuthing.
07-01-2013 05:46 AM
Yes, I will update. I hear that, finding out something after the research is part of the fun. Especially for these unique pieces..
I just hope that they get back to me.. It's still like 4 am about their time..lol
Thanks so much for your responses & guidance. Greatly appreciated
07-11-2013 04:51 PM
Steve Burr worked and had a shop in Kennebunkport, Maine in the '70s. He worked primarily in cast brass (which he found to look best on tanned naked female bodies) or silver. At that time he used to winter in Costa Rica. I lost touch with him in the very early '80s. I like his work a lot and have a number of his pieces of jewelry -- earrings, rings, belt buckle. I'd love to get back in touch with him -- been googling him for years to no avail. His jewelry is very distinctive. I can be contacted at linnschulz at yahoo.com.
07-14-2013 07:32 AM
I think the Stephen Burr in Maui may be a different artist. He went to Bard College and I'm pretty sure "my" Steve Burr (the jewelry designer) went to Middlebury.