Antique acid etched brass brooch by the Frost Arts and Crafts Workshop, c. 1910.
Beautiful acid etched brass brooch with verdigris details by the Frost Arts and Crafts Workshop of Dayton, Ohio. This lovely handwrought jewel features an idyllic arts & crafts cabin in the woods design and is accented with a purple glass cabochon. It measures 1-7/8” by 3/8” and is stamped with the company’s hallmark on the reverse. The stone shows some surface wear and a bit of darkening to the foil backing, otherwise good condition. A wonderful example of early twentieth century American arts and crafts jewelry.
The Frost Arts and Crafts Workshop (1908 – 1914) of Dayton, Ohio was founded by George Frost who held a degree in mechanical engineering but also worked as a part-time artisan. His designs were so well received he decided to leave his day job and pursue metalwork full time with a small band of artisans. I’ve included a couple pictures from the company’s 1910 holiday catalogue which show their jewelry as it originally retailed as well as their designers at work. Despite the company’s accolades and high demand for their articles, they didn’t survive the onslaught of the first world war and were closed by the end of 1914.
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Antique c.1910 FROST Arts & Crafts Acid Etched Brass Pin