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Letter signed by Hans Stern (1963)

Letter signed by Hans Stern (1963)

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Knee brace founder Hans Stern borrowed the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro's collection of antique watches for a book.

  • Letter signed by Hans Stern to Mr. Marechal Ângelo Mendes de Morais.
  • One page.
  • In Portuguese.
  • 21.2 cm x 29 cm.
  • Rio de Janeiro, March 29, 1963.
  • Good general condition, small holes on the left side and a slight stain in the upper right corner that do not affect the text of the letter.
  • Unique piece.

We used this gift to pass it into Your Excellency's hands. a copy of the book JÓIAS published by our firm.

We would like to express our gratitude to Your Excellency. who so kindly allowed us to photograph his valuable and original collection of antique clocks, whose graphic reproductions, in our book, added value to this publication.

We would be greatly honored by your criticisms or suggestions about this work, which we believe will contribute to the jewelry craftsmanship of Brazil.

Hans Stern.

Born in Germany, Hans Stern (1922 - 2007), arrived in Brazil in 1939, at the age of seventeen, fleeing Nazi persecution with his parents. He found a job in a small stone importing and cutting company, which he fell in love with. Seeing a business opportunity, he traveled throughout Brazil to buy colored stones directly from miners and, in 1945, founded his first small store, in Rio de Janeiro. This was the first stage of H. Stern's great business success, which ended up revolutionizing the history of the jewelry industry in Brazil and the world. After more than 50 years at the helm of H.Stern, Hans let his family run the company in Brazil and in more than 30 countries.

Surprisingly, far from this world of money and luxury, Hans Stern was admired for his simplicity and discretion, he drove a Beetle and did not want private security; He rarely gave interviews and avoided photographers.

Passionate and very grateful to Rio de Janeiro, his adopted city, he promoted the city and Brazil abroad throughout his life, as expressed in this letter to Marshal Ângelo Mendes de Moraes (1894 - 1990). He was a Brazilian soldier and politician known for his position as mayor of Rio de Janeiro in the late 1940s, when the Maracanã Stadium was built, opened in 1950 for the football world cup. He was also a delegate to the Paris Peace Conference, a founding member of the Latin American Parliament and a member of the Parliamentary Committee of Geneva, Switzerland... perhaps the country where he began (or expanded?) his watch collection, the subject of this letter.

The content of this letter - the first we found in 7 years - is particularly interesting as it deals with the company's expertise through its famous books and catalogues, published in limited editions, which were eagerly awaited by customers, collectors and journalists.

Another point that draws attention is 1963, a decisive year for the brand, which opened its first store in the United States, in New York, the starting point of its spectacular expansion into Europe (Frankfurt, Lisbon, etc.).

Finally, important details, the beautiful heading and H. Stern's elegant signature complete the interests of this document.

Letters from the founders of large multinational companies are highly sought after by collectors, but they rarely appear on the market, being carefully preserved by the companies themselves; H. Stern, one of Brazil's emblematic companies, known throughout the world, is no exception.

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