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iconnumber posted 10-27-2018 06:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Charliie11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Greetings. It is a pleasure to join this group. I am Charlotte Crabtree from CHARLESTON, SC. I am an appraiser, antiquarian, and scholar, who has been studying this field for over 35 years. My husband, Alfred Crabtree, is a master silversmith, and together we have two stores in Charleston specializing in silver. My particular interest is southern silver, as well as American, English, French, and European silver until the mid 20th century.
Thank you so much for permitting me to join. I look forward to partipating in this distinguished forum.


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iconnumber posted 10-27-2018 07:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for vathek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Would love to see some pics of your husband's works.

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iconnumber posted 10-27-2018 07:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for doc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome Charlotte! So glad you found the site; you will be a welcome addition! Your shop in Charleston is a must visit for anyone who loves silver.


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iconnumber posted 10-27-2018 12:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We have several silversmiths participating. Hope to see Alfred join as well.

September 2014
A Lustrous Career
WRITER: Anna Evans


Alfred Crabtree, master silversmith and brassmonger, has been tending Charleston’s treasures for decades

Back in the early ’60s, a 27-year-old Alfred Crabtree was toiling away as a chemical researcher with Westvaco, “kind of a troubleshooter with different metals,” he says, in the charming accent he calls “Charlestonese.” As a creative outlet, he began tinkering with metallurgy. By decade’s end, that hobby—more fun than his desk job—had lead to a new career in conserving and restoring metals, from centuries-old silver serving ware to light fixtures to menorahs.

He formally launched the business that’s today called “The Brass and Silver Workshop” from a house his uncle built along West Ashley’s Saint Andrews Boulevard, using largely self-taught skills to repair treasures for antiques dealers downtown. Locals started bringing their injured heirlooms. And as his reputation grew, so did his client list. Historic churches called as well as governor’s mansions and museums up and down the East Coast, including The Charleston Museum and its historic houses, North Carolina’s prestigious Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, and Historic Charleston Foundation. That last organization honored Crabtree in both 2007 and 2011 with the Samuel Gaillard Stoney Conservation Craftsmanship Award for his decades of expert work.

“Because of what I do, I get to handle pieces that most people only see through glass,” says the artisan, who also owns The Silver Vault on King Street with his wife, Charlotte, selling the gleaming antiques that they study passionately. Having himself crafted the last piece of Charleston silver to be made in the 20th century—a blue-cheese bowl that he presented to The Charleston Museum—he’s not only helped preserve the city’s existing decorative arts but also added history to her collection.

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iconnumber posted 10-28-2018 03:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for agleopar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome! I am thrilled that all those years of experience and work will be showing up here. I look forward to a visit when I next pass through Charleston.

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iconnumber posted 10-28-2018 04:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Charliie11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks so much for the warm welcome everyone. I am still getting the lay of the land here, so please forgive my stumbles (I wanted to reply to each individual, but haven’t read that far yet). I appreciate your sharing the article of Al, Scott. I will try to post images of his work, which many focuses on restoration and conservation. I think he will be joining in the very near future.
Thanks again!

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iconnumber posted 10-28-2018 10:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kimo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome, Charlie! It is so nice to have another link to the small number of real silversmiths left in our country. Like the others I look forward to seeing some of the beautiful hand wrought silver made by your husband and his colleagues, along with any of your historical southern silver you have in your personal collection. I can only imagine how elegant your Thanksgiving dinner table is going to be in a few weeks from now.

Kimo, Contributing Editor, SSF

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iconnumber posted 10-29-2018 11:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for asheland     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome to the boards! I share an interest in a lot of the silver mentioned in your post! smile

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