Edward Everett Oakes American

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The Arts & Crafts artist Edward Everett Oakes was one of the most talented of his generation. He trained under Boston jeweler Frank Gardner Hale, who had studied silversmithing and enameling in England with the influential Arts & Crafts designer C. R. Ashbee. Oakes later joined another skilled Boston jeweler, Josephine Hartwell Shaw, before opening his own shop in 1917. A prominent member of the Society of Arts & Crafts, Boston, Oakes was elected a master craftsman in 1917 and was awarded a Medal of Excellence in 1923. The highest honor presented by the Society, this medal arrived the same year The Metropolitan Museum purchased a gold, pearl and sapphire tasseled pendant made by him. Oakes also produced silver hollowware, and the American Wing owns a porringer with oak leaf handle as well as a beautiful pair of silver and amethyst candlesticks by this outstanding metalworker.

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