▪ Chicago Silver ▪
Led by The Kalo Shop (click here for Kalo Jewelry, or here for Kalo Holloware), Arts & Crafts metalworkers flourished in Chicago in the early 1900s. Other cities, especially Boston and Cleveland, also produced fine work, but Chicago makers created the widest range of beautiful handwrought metal objects.
For Arts & Crafts jewelry, see Kalo, Oakes, Hale, Jarvie, Winn, Hanck, Smed, Foss, Gage, Friedell, or Rogers (or the many unknown makers). For leatherwork, see the Wilro Shop and Forest Craft Guild. For other objects see Cauman, Knight, Potter, Frost, Forest Craft Guild or Carence Crafters. For a selection of 50 interesting Arts & Crafts pieces, click here.
▪ Marks ▪
Or click here to see a master index of silver and jewelry marks from the early 1900s -- or click on a letter in the alphabetical index below. A complete list of Kalo Shop marks appears here. For Arts & Crafts marks click here and here. Note that some entries are listed in the master index by first name or initial (e.g. Julius O. Randahl rather than Randahl, Julius O.).
▪ Items For Sale ▪
This website is for research and reference purposes. While the objects on this site are part of our permanent collection and are not for sale, you can find a good selection of Arts & Crafts pieces that are available for purchase at trocadero.com/ChicagoSilver/
▪ Online References ▪
Original source material on Arts & Crafts metalcrafters is often difficult to find. And information on silver, metalcrafting techniques, and topics like the difference between a lemon fork and an oyster fork is equally elusive. This site provides valuable reference articles, catalogs, etc. to help fill in the gaps.
Below is an index to full-text references on topics such as Arts & Crafts metalwork, Kalo Shop marks, the Society of Arts and Crafts Boston, how silver is made -- as well as catalogs showcasing metalcraft tools, a visual guide to the differences between fork and spoon types, and more. (Or check here for an illustrated index.)
▪ Gallery 1 ▪
A representative selection of 50 fine Arts & Crafts objects, including holloware, flatware, and jewelry, from makers such as Rebecca Cauman, Carence Crafters, Frank Gardner Hale, Robert Jarvie, Kalo, Mary Catherine Knight, Bjarne, Falick Novick, Edward Oakes, Potter Studio, Margaret Rogers, the Rokesley Shop, Elverhöj, Peer Smed, and Madeline Turner.
To see a selection of 50 representative pieces from our collection, click here or on the above pictures.
▪ Gallery 2 ▪
A representative selection of 50 additional fine Arts & Crafts objects, including holloware, flatware, and jewelry, from the makers above plus Albert Wehde, Marie Zimmermann, Boyden-Minuth, C. H. Didrich, Yngve Olsson, Isadore V. Friedman / Hull House, Mildred Watkins, Cellini Shop, Porter Blanchard, Laurence Foss, and Emily Day.
To see an additional 50 representative pieces from our collection, click here or on the above pictures.
▪ Introduction ▪
Large early Kalo coffee urn from the shop's Park Ridge studio
For an introduction to the Arts & Crafts period, a discussion about metalwork in the early part of the 20th Century, and the differences between Midwest makers and those in the East, click here. For background information about Chicago metalcrafters, click here.
▪ Site Map ▪
For quick navigation to any page on this website, click here. The ChicagoSilver Index page you're currently viewing has most of the important links, but the Site Map has them all.
▪ Silver Standards, Legends, Use, and Care ▪
Click here for information about silver
standards, legends, use, and care
Silver has a fascinating story, from its early discovery and use, to its importance in creating the first atomic bombs, to its magnetic appeal on the young Mark Twain, to its exotic technical uses and even its ability to turn human skin blue. It has also been a target of greed and envy for several millennia, as recently as the 1970s when two Texans and a few Saudi sheiks tried to corner the silver market, with comical adventures including a small army of gun-totin' cowboys and midnight cargo flights out of the country.
For more information on silver, including cleaning methods, firescale, purity standards, and more, click here.