Creations Company

The Creations Company

The Creations Company (Lancaster, Pennsylvania, circa 1930), maker of cast iron doorstops and other decorative cast iron objects before falling victim to the Stock Market crash and Great Depression.


Ellinger, David Y. – American Artist – Pennsylvania Dutch Style

David Y. Ellinger (American, 1913 to 2003)

The following obituary for David Y. Ellinger was published in the May, 2003 issue of the Maine Antique Digest, page 4-A.

“David Ellinger wanted to be remembered as an antiques dealer first, then as a painter,” said Charlie Steinberg, the Abington, Pennsylvania antiques dealer. “He was a very good picker. He found many things now in the Geesey Collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and he [...] Click here to continue reading.


Henry Keck – Stained Glass

The Henry Keck Stained Glass Studio

Henry Keck (1873 to 1956) was the son of a German woodworker who moved his family to the United States when Henry was a small child. By 1890, when Henry was seven, he was apprenticed to Louis Comfort Tiffany, learning the basics of stained glass work. Keck quickly moved beyond the mechanics of glass work and began a more artistic pursuit of the craft. After classes in New [...] Click here to continue reading.


Sullivan, Louis Henri – American Architect

Louis Henri Sullivan, Architect (1856-1924)

Louis H. Sullivan is best known for being at the forefront of American architecture and skyscraper design in the late 1800′s. With his architectural background stemming from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Sullivan settled in the booming metropolis of Chicago and joined fellow “American” architects Henry Hobson Richardson, John Wellborn Root and Frank Lloyd Wright in emphasizing the design principle, “Form Follows [...] Click here to continue reading.


Mathews, Lucia & Arthur – American artist & craftsman

Lucia and Arthur Mathews

Arthur Mathews, a painter, muralist, and craftsman was born in Markesan, Wisconsin in 1860. His family moved to Oakland, California when Arthur was six years old. His first art instruction was from Helen Tanner Brodt while he was in high school. As a teenager, he worked in his father’s architectural office, but later enrolled at the San Francisco School of Design where he studied with Virgil Williams while working as [...] Click here to continue reading.


John Harper Co. – English Decorative Iron Goods

John Harper Banks

John Harper established his manufacturing business during the 1800′s in Willenhall, Staffordshire, England next to his foundry, Albion Works. The company produced a great number of iron decorative goods, including mechanical and still banks, throughout the latter parts of the 19th century and into the early 20th century. The Harper Company ceased manufacturing banks in 1953 after producing the Crown and Throne still banks in commemoration of Queen Elizabeth II ‘s coronation.


Greene & Greene – Furniture Designers & Architects

Charles Greene & Henry Greene, Architects

Architects and furniture designers, Charles Sumner Greene (1868 to 1957) and his brother Henry Mather Greene (1870 to 1954) were born in Brighton, Ohio to old New England families. They moved to St. Louis in 1874 and enrolled at the Manual Training School of Washington University. They would complete their formal education in 1891 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in architecture and then began apprenticeships in Boston.

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Griswold Cast Iron

The Griswold Manufacturing Company

The Griswold Manufacturing Company of Erie, Pennsylvania, circa 1865 to 1960. Makers of cast iron kitchen and home implements including cookware and hardware. Purchased by Wagner Manufacturing of Sidney, Ohio in 1957.

Notes on marks. Griswold’s early cookware was plainly marked Erie together with a number and or part number. The Griswold circle and cross trademark was patented and introduced circa 1909 with Griswold impressed in slanted text. The ‘block’ [...] Click here to continue reading.


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