Hello to all of you, I’ve returned from a wonderful seminar given
by Christie Romero at Rinker Enterprises in Emmaus (Pa) on
American Jewelry. It’s always a pleasure, and I leave with more
than is possible to process!
One company name came up, which struck a sentimental cord with
me: J. E. Caldwells of Philadelphia. Along with several other
prestigious firms I’ve been lucky enough to have been employed
by or associated with over the years, I happened to have worked
for Caldwells in the early '80’s while working on my masters
degree ( I ran the repair department and pitched in w/sales).
It was and still is an interesting company with a long liniage
of history and makers that I was too dense at the time to
appreciate. Well, my curiousity being piqued, I called them to
inquire about their archives. Much to my dismay and horror, I
was told that they had HAD extensive wonderful archival
material, throughly documenting everything, but when the company
changed hands 4 years ago, this material was for the most part
purged… that’s THROWN AWAY! What has remained was shipped
somewhere, and is “unobtainable”, in other words, no one knows
where it is.
The lesson is, if you have an inquiry, don’t wait, pursue your
research throughly while material may still be available.