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Kuffs
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iconnumber posted 04-09-2002 01:54 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi,

Can you please tell me about a silver marked "stone", I know it was from a guy named A. J. Stone, made in Gardener mass, but I only know that cause the small piece I came across had an old newspaper clipping in it. According to the article, his pieces are valuable, and I'd like to get more info.. I have been alllllllll over the web searching for info, only thing I found was a book written by him to order, written by a descendant of his, any help you can give me would be great!

Your site was actually recommended to me by another site.

Thanks again,
Kathleen
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Brent

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iconnumber posted 04-09-2002 03:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The life and work of Arthur J. Stone is worthy of a book, and there is a book about him by a woman named Elenita Chickering. The exact title escapes me. If you really want to know a lot about him, her book is the place to start.

In brief, Arthur Stone is highly regarded for the fine handwrought silver produced by him personally and by the workshop he started in 1901. His shop employed and trained many fine silversmiths who later established their own shops, like George Blanchard. Stone did most of the designing himself, and he personally supervised the work until his retirement in 1937. The company then became Stone Associates, and remained in business until 1957, all the while maintaining high standards of quality.

Stone silver is characterized by its simplicity of form and careful attention to detail. Unlike most Arts & Crafts silver, Stone pieces generally bear no visible hammer marks, although everthing was indeed made by hand.

Stone silver is still highly prized by silver collectors. Can you describe your piece, or, better yet, send pictures? If you describe the marks exactly, we might be able to give you a rough estimate of the date it was produced and which silversmith in the shop actually made it.

Brent

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Paul Lemieux

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chickering's book is called "arthur j. stone, designer and silversmith." it is an excellent reference with descriptions of the company's history as well as important information about dates and individual workmen. you can also look on ebay for examples of stone silver. their work has a strong following; many pieces are plain, the nicest ones feature fine hand-piercing and chasing. a picture of your piece and marks would be nice! paul

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iconnumber posted 04-10-2002 08:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FredZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am interested in the newpaper article. Please let us know what it says and when it was published.

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Scott Martin
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Thanks for the image. Scott, Is this what was sent to you by Kuffs? Was any text sent? This image notes him as a Master and and not a Medalist. This could help date the image. I believe this photograph appears in Chickering's book.

I have seen video copies of 2 old films made at the Stone shop. The films are silent films documenting the making of a footed bowl with gadrooning on the side and the making of a spoon.

I have also seen a recent film that features text by Herman Glendenning and footage from the above silent film.

Fred

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The best dating available is between 1900 and 1920

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Smithsonian - Oral history interview with Herman Glendenning, 1979 Aug. 9-Oct. 31

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