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The Newest Arts & Crafts Executive Director

The Newest Arts & Crafts Executive Director

The Board of Trustees of the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms (SMCF) is pleased to announce that Vonda Givens has been appointed as its new Executive Director. Vonda has served as Acting Executive Director since October 2013 and previously held the role of Education Director for the past 6 years at the Museum. “We are extremely pleased to have a professional such as Vonda to take on this critical role of leading the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms into the next...

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$38Cast Brass Doggie Coat Hook

This new coat hook is a delightful marriage of Victorian antique whimsy and modern necessity. Cast brass, it features a hound holding a scepter for your coat, mounted on a base paired with doggies on the side and a mythical God on top.

Maker: American Antique Hardware
Location: Salem, OR
Date made: 2012
Dimensions: Doggie Coat Hook measures 2 1/8" wide and 4 3/8" tall. Scepter is 2 1/2" wide.

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Ace Is the Place For Me

Ace Is the Place For Me

I love Ace Hardware.

So much, in fact, that I was in an Ace Hardware store three times this week, and each time I left with exactly what I came to get, plus a couple of other things I had forgotten I needed.

Things like a six-inch, eye-bolt lag screw. Or a thermometer to hang outside the kitchen window, replacing the one I melted down when I rolled the gas grill beneath it and fired up all four burners. A twenty-foot brown extension cord. A bag of sunflower...

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The William Morris Society in the UK

The Society, established in 1955, publishes a Journal, Newsletter and commentaries on all aspects of his work and runs a varied and interesting series of talks and visits throughout the year.

Kelmscott House
26 Upper Mall
Hammersmith, ZZ W6

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Expanding Our Design Sensibilities

Expanding Our Design Sensibilities

Write a book on Frank Lloyd Wright, and you're sure to gain attention.

Write a book on one of Wright's talented protégées, one of whom he just may have shafted, and you'll gain not only attention, but new readers.

And new respect for a talented 20th century designer, not to mention its author.

When I picked up author David Jameson's hefty hardback Alfonso Iannelli: Modern By Design, I didn't know what to expect, but I was attracted...

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Heintz Humidor #2047

Heintz Humidor #2047 Heintz humidor, sterling on bronze, original green patina, applied monogram and stylized foliate design, impressed mark, #2047, marked Cross London, 5.5"w x 7.25"h. Estimate $400 - $600 (Toomey-Treadway Auction, June 1st, 2014) Sold for $854
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Shopmark of the Week

Heal & Son (Heal's) This may seem like an easy one given that the name is prominently displayed in the shopmark itself but we're doing it differently this week. Do you know where this company was in operation and what they made?
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