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Stan Hywet 2012
Pictures from my visit to Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in Akron, Ohio on July 13, 2012 to see the exhibit "Finer Things", and my jewelry that was on display. What a magnificent museum and venue. A million thanks to my friend, guest-curator Elyse Zorn Karlin, and Stan Hywet curator Jennifer Ferone, for doing such a beautiful exhibit, and their kindness and generosity for including my jewelry. (And for my wonderful sister who took the trip with me...we had such a blast). Also, thank you to Leslie, our incredible docent, who took us on a fabulous private tour of the house, and into the personal lives of Frank & Gertrude Seiberling and their family. (And an extra wave to Jim and all of the other fantastic people that work at this incredible museum). Although the family could not afford the upkeep after F.A. Seiberling died, their dilemma was solved by donating this magnificent home and exquisite gardens in 1957 for the rest of us to enjoy as a beautiful museum...where it looks like time has stood still awaiting us to enjoy the hospitality of this amazing family.

The exhibit was broken down by different periods and styles. Victorian-Edwardian-Art Nouveau-Arts & Crafts-Art Deco-Watches-Lorgnettes-Mens Jewelry-and F.A. Seiberling's Presentation Watch. This exhibit is a showcase of the jewelry Mr. and Mrs. Seiberling (F.A. Seiberling was the found of Goodyear Tire & Rubber and Stan Hywet their home)WOULD have worn during their time living there. Only the presentation watch (not shown here) is from the family...the rest from other collectors or dealers. I was but one of many lenders who sent their jewelry for the display. Everything in the exhibit is real except for my jewelry that is costume (and a pair of my 14K men's cufflinks in their original box)and i was proud to have examples in most of the cases except for Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts, and a case of exquisite REAL Art Deco jewelry.

All photographs and information are Copyright©Robin Deutsch 2012.All Rights Reserved. The use of any information or images from this website is PROHIBITED without my prior written consent.

I am a member of:
The American Society of Jewelry Historians (ASJH)
Association for the Study of Jewelry and Related Arts (ASJRA)
Costume Jewelry Collectors Int'l
Private Collector and Jewelry Researcher/Historian
My article on Knoll & Pregizer was published in Vintage Fashion & Costume Jewelry Magazine Vol. 19, No. 3, 2009
Lender to the exhibit "Finer Things" at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. Akron, Ohio. April-October 2012
Date(s): July 17, 2012. Album by Robin Deutsch. Photos by Robin Deutsch. 1 - 47 of 47 Total.
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Sandy and Robin
This is my sister and I on the plane at 6:30 am waiting for takeoff. We were in a cab at 4:30 am to go to the airport. Trust me, this is the last time you will ever see me smiling (or up) at 6:30 in the morning ever again.

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Approach to Stan Hywet
I was vibrating with excitement when I saw the sign!

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Historical Marker for Stan Hywet
The Gate Lodge was the smaller 5 bedroom house that was the home to some of the children and grandchildren away from "the big house".

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Stan Hywet
This is where you register for your visit.

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Stan Hywet Manor House
This exquisite Tudor mansion was the private home of the Seiberling's and their family. Not just a huge mansion, but truly a home, filled with family, friends, art, music, and books. Above the entrance is a plaque engraved with the family motto "Non Nobis Solum" NOT FOR US ALONE. From the beginning, the Seiberling's were gracious hosts, and Stan Hywet meant to be shared.  The Seiberling's were amazing, generous and kind people to their visitors and their staff. Their children and grandchildren adored them. (And Gertrude ruled the roost!)

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Gertrude Seiberling's Wedding Dress
Is this not exquisite??? She was so tiny. Look at the workmanship. She married F.A. Seiberling in 1887. This is right at the beginning of the exhibit in the Music Room.

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Gertrude Seiberling Wedding Portrait
She was a beautiful bride. These are the types of jewels Gertrude may have worn on her wedding day.

The necklace is an exquisite platinum, diamond and pearl "dog collar" lent by Lang Antiques in San Francisco. The magnificent pearl and diamond pendant and ring were lent by Lisa Stockhammer of the Three Graces who has gorgeous jewelry and a fabulous website (I've taken a course at Jewelry Camp given by Lisa)

This is the first case prominently displayed when you walk into the exhibit.

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Description from the "Wedding Case"

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My Victorian Style Sterling Paste Floral Spray #19
This is my sterling paste floral brooch made in Germany done in Victorian style. If this were real Victorian, it probably would have been "en tremblant", a trembler, and if a real jewel, would have been silver topped gold set with diamonds.

The exquisite turquoise bracelet is authentic Victorian and set with diamonds in gold and the pin is real gold as well.

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Victorian Style Brooch #19
Description for the Victorian case of some of the other items that were on display.

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My Edwardian Faux Pearl Necklace
White and gray faux pearls, sterling bow set with pastes.American.

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My Edwardian Sterling Necklace
Sterling and paste Edwardian necklace made in Germany.

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My Edwardian Sterling Filigree Necklace
Sterling filigree plated in chromium, with  faux amethyst glass melon cut stones and clear pastes set in the front links. Helgen Manufacturing. American.

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My Edwardian Paste Festoon Necklace
Festoon necklace with white pastes set in a gold filled mounting.American.

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My Edwardian FNCo Ring
Navette style sterling paste ring with a large glass faux sapphire. Marked FNCo (Fishel Nessler) American.

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Edwardian Descriptions
Descriptions of my pieces in the case. #5 originally had a drop that was added to the necklace before I bought it, but I removed it before sending for the exhibit as it was not authentic to the piece.
#9 is the gray and white pearl bow necklace.

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Art Nouveau Jewels
All real, all exquisite, NONE unfortunately are mine.

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Arts & Crafts Jewels
Again, sadly none are mine. Look at #15. Emeralds, pearls, gold, and 3 HUGE diamonds. Florence Kohler studio jeweler.  All of the jewelry was 2DIE4.

Gertrude Seiberling (mistress of the house) is shown in the striped dress with her family.

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Arts & Crafts Jewels
More gorgeous pieces. I believe #12 is Edward Everett Oakes.

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Arts & Crafts Jewels
You can see this was one of my favorite cases. This necklace was so breathtaking you could cry, unfortunately one of my "victims" ruined by my flash. Not mine. The necklace is gold, gemstones and enamel

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Arts & Crafts Jewels
This emerald diamond and pearl arts & crafts ring was absolutely astounding. Another incredible piece by Florence Kohler. I wish it were mine. I would have taken every gorgeous real jewel on display in any of the cases. Each piece was chosen so carefully, and such beautiful examples.

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REAL Art Deco Jewelry
This is one of the most beautiful pieces I've ever seen. Platinum, diamonds and jadeite. Not mine sadly.
In an article write up of the exhibit, they posted the picture of this exquisite and thought it was "paste". No, the real thing!

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Robin Deutsch in Front of the Art Deco Costume Case
All of the pieces in this case are mine. This jewelry is authentic to the period, and copies of the real jewelry that was made during this time. Some pieces are European, some American. Costume jewelry was not just for women who did not have money. Many women of wealth also owned and wore costume jewelry--especially for travel. I also read that during the Depression, when a lot of this jewelry was made (and before WWII) many women of wealth not only lost much of their money, but if they did not, felt it vulgar to display many of their real jewels when others were suffering, and many wore costume jewelry instead. This was the beginning of the "Golden Age" of costume jewelry. Many of the designers of these pieces (both American and European) made the jewelry exactly the same as their fine counterparts, and many of same jewelers who set real stones, would have set the paste stones in these. Due to the Depression, many fine jewelers lost their jobs, as well as many European jewelers fleein...

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Robin's Art Deco Jewels 1
These are from my own case and this is the type of jewelry Gertrude might have owned and worn. Even though my pieces are costume, they are exact copies of fine jewelry. (I just love Gertrude...she's adorable but formidable). She would have been an older woman during this period in time, and not a "jazz age flapper", so we chose jewelry that would have been the appropriate style and type for her.

#27-Knoll & Pregizer Sterling Paste Sautoir-Germany
#16-17 KTF/Trifari Sautoir & Earrings
#28-Unsigned deco bracelet
#19 Signed SCP for "Ciro Pearls" faux pearl, sterling and paste bracelet England c.1930.
#15 Signed Mazer brooch and unsigned pearl earrings-- probably unsigned Mazer since I bought the set together and the pearls match.
#7 Sterling and paste dress clips
#9 Sterling and Paste faux sapphire earrings made in France

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Robin Deutsch 1935 KTF/Trifari Sautoir
#16 in the previous case. This is a close-up of the extraordinary sautoir made by Trifari,Krussman & Fishel (KTF) in 1935 and designed by Alfred Philippe. In all of my years of collecting, this is only the 2nd one I have ever seen. This is one of the rarest pieces I own and a wonderful copy of Van Cleef & Arpels.

The Robin Deutsch Collection

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Robin Deutsch's Art Deco Jewels 2
#20 Sterling faux aquamarine ring
#2 Sterling filigree faux emerald and paste bracelet chromium plated.
#5 Paste Charm Bracelet with an acrostic "My Dearest" Charm. Many of the other charms are romantic such as a wedding bouquet, wedding bells, hearts and stork.
#10-French sterling & faux sapphire paste bracelet
#6/24 Trifari "Clip-Mates" double clip brooches which seperate into dress clips.
#23 Sterling Glass Buddha with paste headdress jabot pin
#8 Sterling paste and faux sapphire pin-German
#22 KTF/Trifari Navette shaped paste pin

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Robin Deutsch's Art Deco Jewels #3
-Two Gold plated filigree jeweled bangles.
-French Sterling paste bracelet
-Trifari "Fruit Salad' Bracelet
-Very rare unsigned MAZER (designed by Marcel Boucher) black enamel bangle with removable clips.Copy of Cartier.
-2 channel set sterling deco bangles with square cut stones (the green one is Diamonbar, the clear one unsigned)
-Faux Pearl and Sterling bracelet with square cut glass faux emeralds.
-Ciner sterling navette shaped faux pearl & paste ring.

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Robin Deutsch's Art Deco Jewels #4
#21/18 Same Ciner ring as before with Martelli sterling cameo paste ring.
#12 Triple strand graduated faux pearl necklace with a faux emerald clasp and a stylized sterling paste bow with faux emeralds. The necklace was fixed and the emerald square cut clasp no longer shown as that is the way it would be worn-hidden.
#11 Faux pearl sterling and paste sautoir with asymmetrical pearl tassels.
The other faux pearl and paste earrings are unsigned.

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Robin Deutsch 's  Art Deco Jewels #3
The faux coral and paste set is early, unsigned KTF/Trifari and very rare. The bracelet is missing 4 of the coral balls. There are matching earrings and two small dress clips. This is early art deco. I bought this beautiful set from a dealer who used to sell jewelry to movie studios. She sent this out to be chosen for Charlize Theron to wear in the film "The Legend of
Bagger Vance" but they decided not to take it and she sold it...TO ME! Lucky Lucky.
#29 that was removed was not mine. I have no idea what was there.

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Descriptions from my Art Deco Case

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Descriptions from my Art Deco Case

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Descriptions from my Art Deco Case

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My Art Deco Cufflinks
These are 14K gold, in their original velvet box. Unfortunately you cannot see the initials engraved in them which are true Art Deco monograms. These are mine.

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Descriptions in the Mens Jewelry Case

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There were many beautiful watches in this case. My Knoll & Pregizer (Germany)sterling and paste watch mimicking platinum and diamonds is to the left of that exquisite real watch with diamonds to the right. You would not know my watch is not real unless you were told. Incredible workmanship.

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Watch Descriptions

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Robin Deutsch's Knoll & Pregizer Art Deco Watch #8
This is a close-up of my paste art deco watch. Very typical of the real diamond and platinum watches worn during the period, especially with the black double-corded strap. It's beautifully engraved with a design all around the perimeter of the watch case, black enamel hands, faux sapphire cabochon stem, and Arabic numerals. The missing paste was replaced when I sent this to Stan Hywet for display.

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The rest of the pictures are more of the house and gardens.

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There are several of these benches in the gardens, inscribed with the names of very generous donors to the museum.

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Beautiful sculptures and statues and fountains.

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Magnificent iron work on the windows. You could probably visit Stan Hywet 100 times and see something new every time. No expense was spared by the Seiberlings and no details overlooked.

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Incredible Bird House
I just loved this.

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Finer Thing Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens - KnightBlog.pdf
This is a review on the exhibit mentioning me and my collection.

Here is a direct link to the article:


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