OSTBY & BARTON
Engelhart Cornelius Østby was one of the best known jewelry makers of the first half of the 20th century. Emigrating from Norway in 1969, he started his own business 10 years later in Providence, RI, then the epicenter of the global jewelry industry.LEARN MORE
OSTBY & BARTON
Engelhart Cornelius Østby was one of the best known jewelry makers of the first half of the 20th century. Emigrating from Norway in 1969, he started his own business 10 years later in Providence, RI, then the epicenter of the global jewelry industry. Englehart himself covered the firm’s entire sales territory as salesman for several years, and, by the turn of the 19th Century, Ostby Barton had become the world’s single largest manufacturer of gold rings.
Both of the firm’s partners were known for their ability to make friends among all classes and fairness in every way. The company was distinguished, throughout a tumultuous period for labor relations, by never once having had a factory strike.
Marrying Lizzy Macy Webster in 1876, Engelhart had four sons and, in 1889, a daughter, Helene. He regularly traveled to Europe to survey jewelry production, design trends and to buy gemstones and, beginning in 1906, also took Helene with him on all business trips.
Tragically, Engelhart perished on the Titanic in 1912. It was rumored he was traveling with a large doctors bag full of gems, which have never been recovered. Helene survived the journey, however, and the company continued to make jewelry until the 1950’s.
Since then, Ostby & Barton jewelry has enjoyed collectible popularity, both due to the historical significance and the high quality and craftsmanship of their goods. OB pieces are known for their wonderful design and attention to detail.BACK TO SHOP
Ostby & Barton
|GEMSTONE(S)||Sapphire & Diamond|
|TOTAL GEMSTONE CARAT WEIGHT||0.2 ctw|
|MAIN GEMSTONE SHAPE||Square|
|MAIN GEMSTONE CUT||Step-Cut|
|METAL(S)||Yellow Gold (18K) & White Gold (18K)|
|APPRAISED PERIOD||Art Deco|
|CONDITION||Very Good - minor scratching on metal|
|DIMENSIONS||2.25" x 1.375" in|
Ostby & Barton
Art Deco Gold, Diamond & Sapphire Gazelle Brooch
An outstandingly rare and collectible piece by Ostby & Barton, this adorable 0.2 ctw gold-rendered gazelle is artfully embellished with blue sapphire hooves and horns and white diamond spots. A charming addition to a scarf, lapel, or sweater, the gorgeous brooch is a darling addition to any jewelry collection.
Signed "OB" and weighing 12.14 g, this piece features a masterfully crafted gazelle in 18K yellow gold with 18K white gold antlers. The creature’s powerful horns and hooves are fashioned from 0.10 ctw square-shape step-cut and bezel-set sapphires, while the charming gold deer’s body is spotted with 0.10 ctw of round brilliant-cut diamonds (color: G-H; clarity: VS2-SI1).
As history has it, Ostby was a first class passenger on the Titanic in 1912. Along with many first class passengers, he tragically did not survive the destructive iceberg collision, though this little deer did. We wonder if perhaps this deer came to New York on another journey, but imagine the sites he has seen!
A leader in fine jewelry and craftsmanship, Ostby & Barton was actually established in 1879 in Providence, Rhode Island, and became highly collectible after closing its doors during the 1950's due to increasing cost of high quality craftsmanship and materials.
This piece is in very good condition with only minor scratching on the metal.