Falwick Novick and Sons records

Inclusive Dates: 
1909–1950
Survey Repository: 

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

The Falwick Novick and Sons records consists of 1.5 linear feet of materials including letterhead stationery, ledgers, receipts, and business cards from Falwick Novick and Sons, a Chicago silversmith company. Included is a map for the Colonial Village, which was part of the 1933 Century of Progress International Exposition.

Biographical Historical Note

Falwick Novick ;was a Russian immigrant silversmith who operated a shop at 828 East 43rd Street in Chicago, where he designed, crafted, and sold handwrought copper and silverware. Early in his career he worked with the Kalo Shop.

The Kalo Shop was an Arts and Crafts workshop founded by Clara Barck Welles in 1900. Originally located in Park Ridge, Illinois, it moved to Chicago in 1914. A New York shop was opened in 1916 but closed due to World War I. The Kalo Shop specialized in silver jewelry and metalwork. Welles retired in 1939; the shop operated in Chicago until 1970.

Additional Notes

Related collections on the Kalo Shop: Kalo Shop Collection of Visual Materials and Chicago Historical Society Decorative and Industrial Arts Department Management Records, Chicago History Museum; Mildred B. Bevis Notebook of Designs for the Kalo Shop, Peter L. Berg Silver Designs Collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago.