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The Latest From the Bay Area

The Latest From the Bay Area Wonder what's been going on with the Dirk van Erp exhibition and book being put out by Gus Bostrom of California Historical Design? We've got the latest! The year was 1933. Dirk van Erp, one of the most prominent coppersmiths in America during his time, passed away in San Francisco at age 72. Stricken with grief, Dirk’s widow, Mary, exclaimed, “I’m not going to live without Dirk!” Within hours she passed away as her son William sat by her bedside.William...
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$265Vintage Arts and Crafts Hammered Silver Lapis Pendant

A hammered silver pendant in an Arts and Crafts design. Has an oval lapis cabochon in the center. Probably sterling silver, but no marks. Warm patina, well made and nice condition.

Maker: Unknown
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Date made: Circa 1910
Dimensions: Pendant measures 2 3/4" long and 1 1/4" across. Sterling 23 1/2" chain.

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Little Journeys

Squeezing the Juice Out of a Lemon

Squeezing the Juice Out of a Lemon

"When handed a lemon, make lemonade."

We've all been handed our share of lemons, and I picked one of my own last week on my trip to San Diego.

Unlike a couple of earlier trips, on this one I had a rare afternoon to myself, so had put on my list to tour the famed 1905 Arts and Crafts home and museum, the Marston House. This 8500-square-foot, combination Tudor-Craftsman-Prairie School home is considered an Arts and Crafts gem, complete with furniture...

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Old California Lantern Co800-577-6679

Hand crafted lighting inspired by the Arts & Crafts movement. Over 1200 fixtures for both interior and exterior use with multiple finish and glass options. Exceptional quality and attention to detail create future heirloom's with each design.

975 N. Enterprise Street
Orange, CA

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Excitement in St. Petersburg

Excitement in St. Petersburg

Some of you may have heard the news earlier this year, and quite frankly, we're surprised it didn't spread like wild fire. As the Two Red Roses Foundation formally announced plans for the construction of the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement (MAACM), which will become the permanent home for the Foundation's comprehensive collection. The museum will be located in the thriving downtown arts district of St. Petersburg, Florida, near the Craftsman-styled bungalows...

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Teco Jardiniere #144

Teco Jardiniere #144 Large Teco jardiniere, #144, designed by Fritz Albert, Praire School influenced form covered in a good green matte glaze, impressed marks, 15"w x 10"h. Estimate $2,500 - $3,500 (Toomey-Treadway Auction, June 1st, 2014) Sold for $3,050
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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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