Jewelry Design Books of Jaques and Marcus, 1890 to 1910

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Digitized Bling: Jewelry Design Books of Jaques and Marcus

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When you think of corporate archives, beautiful art is probably not the first thing to pop into your mind. But the eight volumes of custom jewelry design books from the firm of Jaques and Marcus, later Marcus and Co., ca. 1890 - ca. 1910, presented here are just that. The books contain pen and ink drawings of jewelry 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. The design books are an important source for researching the work of Jaques and Marcus, but also offer a wealth of inspiration.

The design books were given to the Dartmouth College Library in 1987 by Burton Elliott. Digitization was made possible with support from the Lifchez-Stronach Preservation Fund for the Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The original design books can be used in Rauner Special Collections Library by asking for Rauner Manuscript MS-674

For more information about the Jewelry Design Books of Jaques and Marcus contact Rauner Special Collections Library, 6065 Webster Hall, Hanover, NH 03755, USA, Phone: 603-646-0538, Email:, or visit our webpage: Rauner Special Collections Library.

Digital imaging by the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC)

More About the Collection

Carver Wees, Beth. 2016. "A gem of a discovery". Magazine Antiques 183, no. 6: 48. MasterFILE Elite, EBSCOhost (accessed April 5, 2017).

The article focuses on the jewelry design books of about 1890-1910 from the New York firm of Jaques and Marcus, donated to Dartmouth College in 1987 by alumnus Burton Elliott, who worked for the Marcus firm, along with his father, Edward Goldstein. Topics discussed include features of the collection included in the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth, and significance of the survival of the archive.

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