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.
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.
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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