You just never know....

This week has been very busy here...hence me not posting or visiting blogs for a few days. I am asked sometimes to give presentations and talks on antique jewelry to various organizations and at the end of the talks, I always ask the people to bring something of theirs for me to review. Kind of like an Antiques Road Show mini appraisal of their jewels. As with the TV show, most pieces are of the norm...especially in this little neck of the woods. Rarely does someone bring in that hidden treasure...until Monday night.

Brooch Attributed to Hermann Haussler -1910

A little lady listened carefully to the talk, gripping a box and a manila envelope in her hand. She came forward when I asked if anyone had something they wanted to show. She rose, speaking in a heavy German accent, told me she had a piece of jewelry her father had made. It was a sterling silver locket with beautiful enamel work...no signature or hallmarks. I knew in an instant this was not just a normal piece of jewelry! From the manila envelope, she brought out an old family photo with one of the women wearing this locket along with her genealogy tree.

Brooch by Hermann Haussler..no marks..based on enamel work

She then proceeded to tell me the history of her father. He apprenticed under a jeweler in his native country and was specialized in enamel work on sterling silver jewelry. He had to leave Europe due to a family situation, met a Norwegian lad on the boat to the US. Together, they found work out here in ND. He never spoke of his jewelry making or of his life back in Europe. After he died, the whole story came out as to who he really was. His name? Hermann Haussler. The man he apprenticed under? None other than Theodor Fahrner whose Art Nouveau jewelry commands some of the highest prices on the market!

Of course, the lady did not know who Theodor Fahrner was or for that matter how incredibly talented her father was. He never made jewelry again nor created anything artistic once reaching the States. Her comment? "And to think..he ended up being a farmer in Monango, ND!"

We just never know what paths our lives will take or who you'll meet along the way!

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Comments

Alicia: What an amazing story! I often wonder what it does to people, when they have to tuck away their talents and leave them unexercised. What a loss. What inner yearnings must ensue.

So there you are, conducting your own mini antique roadshow. It must be satisfying to be able to use your knowledge and experience in that way - the talks too!
ellen abbott said…
Wow, what a story. Amazing how some people with real talent just let it go. I always thought that if I had a chance to choose a different medium that I would like to try enamel work.
Sara said…
what a fascinating story!
Divine Mrs D said…
That is a great story!!
littlebyrd said…
What a cool story! How exciting...for you and her!
Emmy said…
Wow! How awesome that you get to be part of that world, finding out glimpses into people's lives and history.
Thanks for sharing.
amyg said…
Oh, how I love your stories. I would have loved to hear that woman speak of her father and his work. You never can tell what secrets lie beneath the exterior that people allow you to see.
This is such a cool story. Wow. Neat!

Kelly
Vicky said…
What a great story! I love this exact sort of thing. How lucky was this lady to have you be able to share so much of her own father's history with her!! Awesome!! You have me grinning from ear to ear :)
That is a great story. I love antique road show.
tenthings. said…
this is such a cool story. thanks for sharing!
S. Etole said…
How wonderful that she could learn of her father's gift and the beauty he created.
briannelee said…
Wow, that is amazing!
LENORENEVERMORE said…
You are an expert indeed...beautiful pieces! Love watching 'Antique Road Show' on TV...even the British version~ so informative + entertaining!
xo*
otin said…
Believe it or not, I love antiques road show! I think that this post was fascinating!
Jill said…
How exciting! And those brooches you posted are awesome. I just adore vintage jewelry.
rxBambi said…
I find it interesting that she didn't know about her dad. It makes me wonder who my parents were way back before they had us. Almost like they were real people with real lives...
Jill said…
What a fascinating story! It must have been so amazing to see those pieces. The brooch is gorgeous!
wow thats an amazing story !!! How exciting for you to have that chance to meet with her and even give her a little info she didnt know before!
What a neat story. It must be a lot of fun to see what everyone brings for you to take a look at!
All I can say is: OH WOW! That's definitely a story to pass on to the grandchildren-Seriously, you don't hear one like that very often and I can't even imagine going THROUGH it!
Those pieces are just beautiful...
I would absolutely love to come to one of your talks one day in the future :)
TheChicGeek said…
Hi Alicia :)
You are always worth the wait! Sounds like you had a fun week too. I think sometimes the best artists do live out in the middle of nowhere! Their minds are free to dream and create...dream big! I love the brooches...so pretty :)
Thanks for sharing them with us!
Hugs :))
Kelly
Kathy said…
How wonderful was that and proud she must have felt. What beautiful pieces!
Brian Miller said…
wow. what a cool story. i need to go digging in gramma's attic!
Admiral Hestorb said…
I love reading of your experience. What a find and how exciting. My gosh, it's one of those things you wish you could pay for a front page headline in the newspaper saying "LOOK what *I* found!" Talk about being in the right place and at the right time. This is wonderful..for the little lady and certainly for you who revealed to her what she had in terms she didn't yet know about.
As my kids used to say...cool beans!
SoDear2MyHeart said…
I am so happy for you...you got to share in a brief moment in time where a scattered piece of someone's life finds its proper place...unexpectedly and profoundly...like a lost piece of a puzzle.

Even more than the jewelry information, you were able to provide her with a snapshot...a new memory...to be cherished and held close...of her father, gone so long ago. What a blessing...for you both.

Warm, teary hugs,
Terri
SoDear2MyHeart
leah said…
wow.wow.wow.
the whole story is aweeeee some (sung, for impact).

and look at you! doing cool things. yeah you. and yeah little lady with a heavy accent.
Nancy said…
How fascinating! And to think this woman never knew the incredible talent her father had just below the surface. Instead she probably never thought of him in any other profession, other than farming. Wow, great story, thanks for sharing.
Not only stunning jewelry, but a wonderful story!
My name is PJ. said…
How cool is that??!! And to be able to enlighten someone about their father's natural gifts!!! Chills!
So very much true. I agree completely.

Long-tailed Shrike
A beautiful story! Not to mention the gorgeous jewelery pieces. You never know who your neighbor is, or for that matter, who you are talking to--we all have some amazing stories from our past - some we know, some perhaps that are lost.
xoxox
Judy said…
Alicia, what an amazing story! Stories like that make us Antique dealers do what we do...It is all about the search and hunt and then the wonderful stories.
anna said…
Great story!

I love the one in that first picture so much :)


http://girlfromaroundtheway.blogspot.com
What an exciting story! Your heart must have been racing! I love antique jewelry and this was a find indeed!

Cheers!
Julie
Julie Magers Soulen Photography
Blog of Note
Deboshree said…
Why hello Alicia!

Found you through Kelly's blog.
Lovely blog you have here!

Great post. We really never know what one person can do and could have done. There is no limit to that.

Cheers
Deboshree
Well that was fairly exciting!
roentarre said…
These jewels look like master pieces to photograph. I am surprised that the author did not sign his/her work on these art as they are really beautiful!
Renee said…
Now isn't that incredible. You must have had goosebumps.

Love Renee xoxo
Kristina P. said…
I LOVE brooches. And what a fascinating story! Thanks for stopping by my blog!
Alisa said…
So how excited were you when you realized what she was showing you?!

Alicia, you always have the most amazing stories to share with us... thank you for that!
I am late to chime in, but all I can add is that I wish I could work as your personal assistant for about a year just to learn all you know and experience some of the amazing things you do.
Chrisy said…
What an exciting discovery for you! And what a treasure your info is for this talented man's descendants. Such stunning timeless pieces of art.
Des said…
I hope that you and your family have a very happy Thanksgiving. Take care.
Judi said…
Wanting to wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving celbrated in a way your heart deisres! Judi
Liss said…
You definitely your own mini antique roadshow happening. What a wonderful find. It must have given you much joy to see this piece and shed some light on it's origin to the lady who owns it.
Yolanda said…
Thanks for your friendship and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Relyn said…
What a treat for you to meet her. It makes me pretty sad, though, to read that he walked away from such a talent.

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