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middletom

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iconnumber posted 07-23-2010 03:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for middletom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A friend of ONC's, Bob MacBurnie, great-nephew of Albert MacBurnie, co-founder of ONC, came by the other day to see how our new apprentice is doing. Bob had sent the young man to us, and was checking up on him. Bob brought along his copy of the book about Arthur Stone (the author's name eludes me at the moment) for us to read. It is fascinating and the pictures of his shop remind me so much of the original ONC shop in Newburyport.

Stone's work was so remarkable and varied and beautiful. I had always known he was from England and had apprenticed there, but judging from this book I would guess that his flatware training was there, also, as well as his hollowware training.

This brings up the thought that Agleopar's question of some time ago as to why American flatware silversmiths use broader and thinner stock than English silversmiths do, could have been answered by Stone at one time. But as ONC's style of work as well as Porter Blanchard's and Ericson's all stemmed from Stone's shop and teaching, could Stone have been responsible for American's using a different type stock from the English? Perhaps that change was his doing?

As a curious coincidence, we just received an order to copy a place spoon made in the Stone shop. Judging from the information in the book, this spoon was made about 1957 when Mr. Hayward owned the shop and the silversmith who made the piece was named Letanen(I believe that is the spelling).

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taloncrest

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iconnumber posted 07-23-2010 10:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for taloncrest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I hope the author's name was Elenita Chickering! You've inspired me to search it out and order it. I've got a set of six five o'clocks from the Stone shop, and I'm eager to learn more.

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middletom

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iconnumber posted 07-24-2010 03:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for middletom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, you have the author correct. It is a very enjoyable book and would be a welcome addition to a silver fan's library.

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Ulysses Dietz
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iconnumber posted 07-27-2010 11:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Elenita Chickering recently died--and her book is the standing "catalogue raisonne" of Stone's work. Newark's bowl, designed in the 1910s but made in 1932 by Herman Glendenning (as a silver anniversary gift), was first published in Chickering's book.

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middletom

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iconnumber posted 07-27-2010 07:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for middletom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ulysses,

That is a beautiful bowl, your picture is clearer than the one in the book.

It is sad to see that some of the items pictured in the book note that the picture was taken when the item was made but its whereabouts today are unknown. Could those be, indeed, lost or perhaps in private collections?

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iconnumber posted 08-03-2010 07:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I suspect there is lots of Stone workshop silver that they don't know about--especially up in Massachusetts. It was good that Chickering thought to publish images for which she had no known examples--because it gives a wider range of visual documentation.

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iconnumber posted 06-24-2018 01:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Smithsonian - Oral history interview with Herman Glendenning, 1979 Aug. 9-Oct. 31

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