Julius O. Randahl collection of visual materials

Inclusive Dates: 
circa 1925–1969
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

3 photographic prints, 2 drawings, 1 pattern book of silversmith Julius O. Randahl, who owned Randahl Shops in Chicago and Park Ridge, Illinois, and designed and made hand-wrought silverware, jewelry, and other art metalwork.

Biographical Historical Note

Julius O. Randahl was a Swedish silversmith who worked at the Kalo Shop, an Art and Crafts studio in Park Ridge, Ill., from 1907 to 1910. Randahl and another ex-Kalo silversmith, Matthias Hanck, then formed a shop called the Julmat (from the first syllables from each of their names), which lasted just one year.  Randahl went on to found the Randahl Shop, selling his holloware through department stores and jewelry shops rather than just from his storefront. The Shop closed during World War I, and when Randahl re-opened it he introduced mechanization.  The shop prospered into the 1950's, when Randahl, now in business with his sons as the Randahl Company, purchased Cellini Craft, an Evanston, Illinois, silversmith dating back to 1914.  Finally, in 1965, the business was sold to Reed & Barton.