1960s handmade pewter rosewood box signed by Frances Felton plus Modern Pewter book.


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Signed by Frances Felten [1905-1976. USA. Pewtersmith] considered the foremost pewterer in the country

Felton discovered art at a very young age while growing up in the Hudson-Catskill area in upstate New York. She moved to New York City to study art at the Pratt Institute, where the Swiss craftsman Mauritz Loeffler sparked her interest in metalwork. After graduating, she remained at her alma mater as an instructor. She eventually stopped teaching and went into business full-time as a pewtersmith. She sold her pieces to many fashionable shops in New York, but during World War II, when pewter was a restricted metal, Felten became a toolmaker. In her later years she continued to teach and used her entire house as a studio, which she called ​“The Shambles.”
This teardrop shaped box is a prime example of Felton's belief that art is best expressed in functional form.
She was consulted by Shirley Charron, a former student, for the authoritative work Modern Pewter, in 1973.

Not being a metalsmith, I have been hesitant to buff item back to original state, You can see the high sheen under the lid.
One shallow dent on side

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