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Richard Kurtzman
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iconnumber posted 04-17-2002 08:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone have any information on Lewis Wise? I believe he worked for Porter Blanchard and beyond that...?

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iconnumber posted 04-24-2002 11:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi,

Sorry it took so long to respond:-(. I couldn't find my book!

Lewis Wise was born in 1917, and is basically known as the "other" son-in-law of Porter Blanchard, after Allan Adler. Porter Blanchard taught silversmithing to both of them, and Wise worked with Blanchard from around 1940 to at least 1960. Wise seems to have concentrated on handwrought flatware production. He was mainly influenced in his designs by Blanchard and a Los Angleles silversmith and teacher named Hudson Roysher. Wise won many awards for his work, but has managed to slip into semi-obscurity. I am not certain how long he worked after 1960, and he may even still be alive.

I hope this helps!

Brent

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iconnumber posted 04-25-2002 04:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Callie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wise is mentioned briefly in 1 articles, in Craft Horizons and more recently in Silver Magazine. Have you seen these articles?

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iconnumber posted 04-25-2002 09:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Brent, thanks for the info. Callie, in which issue of Silver Magazine is he mentioned?

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iconnumber posted 04-26-2002 08:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Callie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nov/Dec 1998 issue.

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 08-03-2020 01:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Lewis A. Wise was the son-in-law of master silversmith, Porter Blanchard who had studios in Pacoima and Burbank and whose work is considered part of the Art and Crafts Movement prominent during the last half of the 1800's and into the 1930's. Blanchard specialized in holloware and flatware and had a shop in Hollywood, catering to many celebrity clients including Joan Crawford and Cecille B. DeMille. Wise learned the art of silversmithing from his father-in-law and took over the family business after Blanchard's death, later running the business as Porter Blanchard Silversmiths, and moving the studios to Calabasas where he continued the tradition set forth by his father-in-law and generations before him.

Photograph dated September 14, 1961 partially reads, "Silversmithing is a dying art, but Lewis A. Wise of Calabasas is holding on. In his combination shop-residence at 23957 Craftsmith Rd., Wise is carrying on a family tradition against the inroads of automation, atomic energy and mechanization. He's one of the few silversmiths left in the United States. 'My father-in-law taught me about silverware and I'm passing it on to the boys. Growing up with it is the only real way to learn it,' he said."

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iconnumber posted 08-03-2020 01:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Lewis Wise
C. 1948


Lewis Wise & Porter Blanchard [?]

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Richard Kurtzman
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iconnumber posted 08-05-2020 10:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Scott,
Thanks for the photos: they're great.
Where are they from?

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iconnumber posted 08-05-2020 10:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm sure I stumbled upon them when doing one of my deep dives looking for something else. But right now I don't recall...if it comes to mind, I'll let you know.

Good to hear from you.

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