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Kalo #AC2 COMPOTE, Fluted
A sterling silver compote, maker's mark of The Kalo Shop, Chicago, Illinois, number AC2, circa early 20th century. Of shaped circular form with a hammered finish, raised on a tapering stem and a circular foot; height is 7 inches, weight is 17.85 troy ounces.
The Kalo Shop, Chicago, Illinois
Founded by Clara Barck Welles in 1900, it went on to become the largest and most influential producer of hand-wrought silverware and jewelry in the Midwest. Mrs. Welles studied at the Art Institute 's School of Decorative Designing and after graduation started the Kalo Shop.
Mrs. Welles retired in 1940 at the age of 72. The Kalo Shop continued in operation under the ownership of four employees, Daniel PO. Pedersen, Yngve Olsson, Arne Myhre and Robert F. Bower. On the death of Olsson and Pedersen, Bower refused to lower the standards and the shop closed in 1970.
All Kalo silverware is marked KALO in capital letters. Large items are also marked HAND WROUGHT AT THE KALO SHOPS or THE KALO SHOP. Copper pieces and some early silver was marked only KALO. With the beginning of their silver production, a numbering system was introduced and numbers were impressed in addition to the KALO mark. The numbers soon ran in to the thousands and around 1921 a new numbering system was introduced whereby the number represented the design pattern rather than the order number.
Dating Kalo Shop marks:
HAND WROUGHT AT THE KALO SHOP, PARK RIDGE ILLS. 1907-1914
HAND WROUGHT AT THE KALO SHOP, CHICAGO AND NEW YORK 1914-1918
HAND WROUGHT AT THE KALO SHOP, CHICAGO (or no city designation) 1918-1970