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Roycroft Vases of Precious Crafts Found – Reading Eagle

Dear Helaine and Joe:

There is an 18 1/2 “tall Roycroft vase and a 6” diameter bowl. You have been in my wife’s family since 1924. We have the original invoice. The vase has never been polished and is in its original condition. What’s the value?

—NM, San Jose, California

Dear NM,

Elbert Hubbard was born in Bloomington, Illinois, in 1856 and grew up in Hudson, Illinois. He was an American philosopher, writer, artist, and publisher. And he called himself an anarchist and a socialist – both are not true in the real sense of the word.

Hubbard’s job started well as a soap seller at Larkin Thorpe in Buffalo, New York, but entered Harvard in 1892, dropped out and traveled to England. There he met William Morris on a tour and was fascinated by the Arts and Crafts Kelmscott Press, which was founded in Morris’ Kelmscott Manor in 1891.

Upon his return to the United States, Hubbard sought out a biographical sketch publisher called “Little Journey,” but opened his own Roy Croft Press in East Aurora, New York. The name Roy Croft comes from the brothers Thomas and Samuel Roy Croft. It was an English printer from 1650-90. But it also meant the royal handicraft, which belonged to the medieval guild and referred to the skilled craftsmen who made things for the king.

The pressure ship was a huge success, attracting visitors and then expanding. The hotel was soon being built, which required furniture and lighting. Hubbard asked a local artisan to create a simple, linear piece that would suit the taste of the craft.

These were very popular and the industry emerged. Other artisans in the Roycroft parish have made leather, bookbinding, and metal products. The copper vase hammered in today’s question is called the “American Beauty” vase. The name is said to be derived from Rose, or the song “American Beauty Rug”, which was composed in 1913 by Joseph F. Lamb (1887-1960).

The design was hired by Roycroft in 1912 and became chief designer and foreman at a metal shop in Roycroft after a wage dispute between Elbert and Alice Hubbard, Karl Kip and Walter Jennings. It’s up to the performance of. During its construction, the Arts and Crafts Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina, ordered a 21-inch high vase engraved with “GPI American Beauty Vase made exclusive for Grove Park Inn by Roycroft”. ..

Roycroft American Beauty Vase is available in approximately four sizes: 7 “, 12”, 18-19 1/2 “and 21-22”. There were a few finishes, but the most common was dark aurora brown.

The 18-19 1/2 inch size is the most commonly found size in “American Beauty” copper vases, but this 1924 example should be valued in the $ 3,000 or greater range. Plus depends on many variables that cannot be fully explored with a single photo.

Helen Fendermann and Joe Rosson have written numerous antique books. Do you have any articles you’d like to learn more about? Contact Joe Rosson, 2504 Seymour Ave., Knoxville, TN 37917 or email Treasures @ If you want your question to be included in their column, include high resolution photos of the topic you want your question to focus on.

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