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Seaman Schepps Jewelry Coffee Table Book, 2004



New Yorker Seaman Schepps (1881-1972) became affectionately known as 'America's Court Jeweler' for his popularity among influential people including first ladies, artists, Hollywood royalty and power brokers. His unique style incorporated whimsical design and exotic materials including jade, coral, cabochons, rare woods and shells. This beautiful book, Seaman Schepps: A Century of New York Jewelry Design, was penned by his granddaughter and chronicles the history of the jeweler including ad campaigns and photographs of his iconic pieces. Eye candy at its best! Published in 2004 by Vendome Press. The 204 page hardbound book has a linen cover and a high gloss paper dust jacket. It is in very good previously owned condition with some wear to the dust jacket and was acquired from the estate of a jewelry collector.


  • Designer
    Seaman Schepps
  • Brand
    Seaman Schepps
  • Dimensions
    Height: 11.25 in. (28.58 cm)Width: 11.25 in. (28.58 cm)Depth: 1 in. (2.54 cm)
  • Style
    Whimsical (Of the Period)
  • Place of Origin
    United States
  • Period
  • Material Notes
    Hardbound with linen cover and a high gloss paper dust jacket.
  • Condition
    Very good previously owned condition with some signs of wear to the paper dust jacket though nothing objectionable.
  • Seller Location
    Atlanta, GA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU48739758152

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About the Manufacturer

Seaman Schepps

A scrappy, self-made artist who transformed turbo shells into decadent earrings and crystal chessmen into bold bracelets, Seaman Schepps (1881–1972) tirelessly worked his way up from the tenements of New York’s Lower East Side to become “America’s Court Jeweler.”Born to immigrant parents who named him for the Seamen’s Bank for Savings that his mother could see from the hospital — or so the legend goes — Schepps dropped out of school at the age of 14 and never had any formal jewelry training. He later moved to California, where he opened his first jewelry shop in 1904. In 1921, he returned to New York to build on the success he’d begun to enjoy as a jeweler on the West Coast, but it wasn’t long before his Manhattan house, which counted Broadway stars and theater patrons among its clientele, was hit hard by the stock market crash of 1929. Schepps used this disruption to rethink his approach to jewelry, debuting a new store in 1934 on Madison Avenue, where he would make his mark in playful custom adornments.While many high-end jewelers of his era focused on the purest and most valuable gemstones, Schepps chose his materials for their color and shape, elevating flawed stones others disregarded in collage-like formations involving unconventional materials such as fine wood, coral, seashells and flea-market finds. Passersby of his New York City shop could find a frog-shaped brooch carved from rosewood, a vintage snuff bottle broken into links for a bracelet and loose-drilled pearls plugged with diamonds. Schepps’s whimsical pieces found fans in fashion icons who appreciated his unique statements, including Doris Duke, Andy Warhol and the Duchess of Windsor.Following Schepps’s death in 1972, his daughter, jewelry designer Patricia S. Vaill, ran the jewelry house for two decades before it was taken over by Jay Bauer and Anthony Hopenhajm of Trianon jewelry. Following the closure of the company’s Park Avenue store in November 2020, sales for Seaman Schepps is now based in its boutique location out of Palm Beach, Florida, where the legendary brand carries forth its founder’s spirited designs.On 1stDibs, find a distinctive collection of vintage Seaman Schepps jewelry, including brooches, bracelets and other accessories.
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