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Buy Now, Thanks Us Later. Get excited, folks! Tickets are now available for the 41st annual Wright Plus Housewalk on May 16, 2015 in Oak Park and Riverside, Illinois. Among the residences new to the Housewalk in 2015 are two houses on Wright’s Avery Coonley Estate, as well as Ernest Hemingway’s boyhood home.   The following private residences are part of the Wright Plus Housewalk lineup in 2015:   The Avery Coonley Residence (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1908) – The spectacular,...
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$395Tiffany & Co. Sterling Brooch Early Mark Plus Box

A sterling silver floral brooch by Tiffany & Co. with a mark dating from 1910-47 in an Arts and Crafts style. Marked Tiffany & Co. Makers Sterling and with a stylized 'M' for the directorship of John C. Moore III.

Maker: Tiffany & Co.
Location: San Antonio, TX
Date made: Ca. 1910
Dimensions: Measures 1 3/4" across and 15/16" wide.

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Little Journeys

A Trip Back In Time

A Trip Back In Time

My latest little journey took me back to Syracuse, New York.

The only thing unusual was that my travel date was March 23, 1903.

And the woman who made it possible for me to make this little journey was a librarian by the name of Barbara.

Ever since February of 1988 when I first began hosting the annual National Arts and Crafts Conference at the Grove Park Inn, I have always been curious about an earlier Arts and Crafts conference. It opened on March...

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Terra Firma, Ltd. - Handmade Stoneware Tile803-643-9399

A complete line of Handmade Stoneware Tile with a unique selection of complex Craftsman glaze colors for fireplace, kitchen, bath or outdoors. Showcasing original designs true in spirit to the Arts & Crafts Tradition since 1997.

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Collector's Guide

Joseph P. McHugh: Mission Accomplished

Joseph P. McHugh: Mission Accomplished

From the desk of Dave Stubblefield and Vivian Yess Wadlin

As the Cardiff Giant* laid "in state" at the New York Building of the Pan American Exposition, another death was taking place in the less controversial world of furniture design. It was 1901, Buffalo, NY.

The Victorian design aesthetic was fussy, crowded, frequently beyond useless, and had lasted much too long. That was the opinion of the Arts and Crafts enthusiasts from all corners of the...

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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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