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February 12, 1999
CONTACT: Judith Proffitt or
Catherine Rogers Arthur
(410) 516-5589

Potthast Craftsmen Reunion at
Homewood House Museum

The Homewood House Museum will host a Potthast Craftsmen Reunion and Discovery Day from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Homewood House Museum on the Homewood campus of the Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St. The event is part of the museum’s on-going exhibit "Homewood in the Colonial Revival."

The Potthast Bros. furniture-making shop was a Baltimore institution from 1892 to 1975. The firm was founded by four German immigrant brothers, William, Vincent, John and Theodore Potthast. By the 1920s, the Potthasts had 25 craftsmen as employees and specialized in fine hand-crafted reproductions.

During the event, surviving members of the Potthast family will offer first-hand accounts of shop practices, craft techniques and some of their own stories about growing up in the Potthast family furniture business.

Also during the event, Bruce Levinson, of Alex Cooper Auctioneers, will be available to evaluate audience members’ own antiques. Bring the actual item if it is a small chair or object, or for a larger piece, a good photograph. Levinson will help assess its authenticity and provide a verbal appraisal. Limit one object per person.

Tours of "Homewood in Colonial Revival" are included in the admission price. Admission is $10 per person; former furniture craftsmen are admitted free. To make reservations or for more information please call 410-516-5589.

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