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J.E. Caldwell & Co

American

With intricate and refined artistry, the jewelers at J.E.Caldwell & Co. have been handcrafting illustrious watches and adornments — including cocktail rings, engagement rings and link bracelets — for nearly two centuries. The American firm, which is among the oldest silver and jewelry companies in the United States, has found acclaim with collectors and buyers worldwide.

Born in Poughkeepsie, New York, J.E. Caldwell & Co. founder James Emmott Caldwell (1813–81) apprenticed as a silversmith and subsequently trained in watchmaking under the esteemed watchmaker Samuel Ward Benedict in New York City. Following his apprenticeships, Caldwell sought work in Philadelphia, initially securing a position with a wholesale jeweler before importing watches for a jewelry manufacturer. In the late 1830s, he established a storefront of his own, in a stately marble building on Chestnut street. Caldwell partnered with James M. Bennett thereafter in order to launch a jewelry shop nearby that they called Bennett & Caldwell. With the passing of Bennett, Caldwell partnered with a former employer, John C. Farr, and changed the company name, establishing the J.E. Caldwell & Co. of today.

In 1876, Philadelphia hosted the first World’s Fair held in the United States. Alongside the Gorham Manufacturing Company — a legendary but largely overlooked American silver firm — J.E. Caldwell showcased an array of stunning jewelry and silver objects at the event’s Centennial International Exhibition. In the early 1900s, J.E. Caldwell was contracted to fashion a presentation silver tea service — more than 160 pieces — for a newly commissioned battleship, the U.S.S. Pennsylvania. The brand’s exquisite silver wares traveled at sea aboard this battleship — and later, on the U.S.S. Valley Forge — for decades.

J.E. Caldwell & Co. became known for exquisite Art Nouveau and Art Deco jewelry. Ownership of the firm passed through the family over the years before changing hands to business interests outside of the family. Today a J.E. Caldwell & Co. retail location continues to operate in Philadelphia.

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Average Sold Price
$4,787
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J.E. Caldwell & Co Retro Ruby Sapphire Puzzle Ring
By J.E. Caldwell & Co.
Located in New York, NY
Unique 18 karat yellow gold retro ruby sapphire puzzle ring by J.E. Caldwell & Co. Amazingly designed and masterfully handcrafted this ring from ca 1945 depicts the alpha-omega symbo...
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20th Century American Retro J.E. Caldwell & Co

Materials

Ruby, Sapphire, 18k Gold

J.E. Caldwell & Co. 0.57ct E/VVS2 GIA Round Diamond Engagement Ring in Platinum
By J.E. Caldwell & Co.
Located in Philadelphia, PA
J.E. Caldwell & Co. round diamond engagement ring in platinum. This ring features a GIA certified 0.57 carat round brilliant cut diamond with E color and VVS2 clarity in a platinu...
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1960s Vintage J.E. Caldwell & Co

Materials

Diamond, Platinum

J.E. Caldwell Cabochon Sapphire and Diamond Bracelet circa 1920
By J.E. Caldwell & Co.
Located in London, GB
A beautiful antique sapphire and diamond bracelet by J.E. Caldwell & Co. circa 1920s, the articulated bracelet formed of eight oval cabochon sapphires in gold bezel settings position...
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Early 20th Century American J.E. Caldwell & Co

Materials

Sapphire, Diamond, 18k Gold, Platinum

Edwardian Diamond Pendant by J.E. Caldwell
By J.E. Caldwell & Co.
Located in New Orleans, LA
Adorned by diamonds totaling approximately 13.60 carats, this Edwardian-style necklace by J.E. Caldwell exhibits a classic elegance. A round white diamond weighing approximately 6.85...
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20th Century American Edwardian J.E. Caldwell & Co

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, Platinum

J. E. Caldwell Antique Diamond Cluster Ring, American, circa 1910
By J.E. Caldwell & Co.
Located in London, GB
J. E. Caldwell antique diamond cluster ring. Set vertically to centre with three round old cut diamonds in open back rubover settings and flanked by two round old cut diamonds in ope...
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1910s American Edwardian Vintage J.E. Caldwell & Co

Materials

Diamond, Platinum

J.E. Caldwell Antique Natural Pearl and Diamond Two Stone Ring, American, circa
By J.E. Caldwell & Co.
Located in London, GB
J.E. Caldwell antique natural pearl and diamond two stone ring. Centrally set with a pair of round natural saltwater pearls, approximately 6.6 - 6.7mm, in a closed back half drilled ...
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1910s American Edwardian Vintage J.E. Caldwell & Co

Materials

Diamond, Natural Pearl, Platinum

Antique Victorian 12K Yellow Gold J. E. Caldwell Thimble
By J.E. Caldwell & Co.
Located in Great Neck, NY
Beautiful Antique Victorian 12K Yellow Gold J. E. Caldwell Thimble. This beautiful piece is crafted in 12k yellow gold. This thimble is beautifully engraved and in amazing condition....
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1890s Victorian Antique J.E. Caldwell & Co

Materials

Yellow Gold

Art Deco J.E. Caldwell Oscar Heyman Emerald Diamond Platinum Ring
By J.E. Caldwell & Co.
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1920s J.E. Caldwell Retailed Oscar Heyman Art Deco Platinum Ring, Centrally set with a Step cut Square Emerald of approximately 1 Carat, most likely Colombian in origin and hav...
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1920s American Art Deco Vintage J.E. Caldwell & Co

Materials

Diamond, Emerald, Platinum

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J.E. Caldwell & Co Sellers

Nelson & Nelson Antiques Inc
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5.0
Nathan Horowicz Antiques
5.0
Nadine Krakov Collection
5.0
Raymond Sasson Silver
4.9

J.E. Caldwell & Co. jewelry & watches for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers a range of J.E. Caldwell's jewelry and watches.. Each of these unique items has been designed with extraordinary care, often using platinum. When shopping for the most stylish J.E. Caldwell & Co. antique or vintage jewelry to pair with your ensemble, you will find that J.E. Caldwell & Co. diamond jewelry & watches can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look. In this collection we have 50 pieces, as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler. 1stDibs is one of the most popular styles of J.E. Caldwell & Co. jewelry and watches. While this collection reflects work that originated over various time periods, most of these items were designed during the 20th Century. Many customers also consider jewelry & watches by Raymond C. Yard, Amwaj Jewellery and Doves by Doron Paloma if you are looking for additional options. Prices for J.E. Caldwell & Co. jewelry & watches can differ depending upon gemstone, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $895 and tops out at $293,000, while pieces like these can sell for $13,457 on average..

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