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©ft* Saforrftf lb (Haliforttlan 12 Tuesday, Feb. 23,1954 Silver, China to Be Topics at AAUW Meet . James Walton will be guest speaker for evening home arts section of Bakersfield "branch, American Association of University Women Wednesday at 8 p.m. Mrs. Charles Quarre, 2479 Spruce St., will be hostess. Jeweler to Speak Mr. Walton, a member of the firm of Wickersham Jewelers, will show films on the history and manufacture of two wholly American products, Gorham silver and Lenox china. Mr. Walton came to California in 1927 from the East, and to Bakersfield from Los Angele3. In business for himself as a florist, he "succeeded" his wife, the former Jvatheryn Wickersham, In the family firm. The picture on silver traces the history of Jabez Gorham, who, in 1831, began to make table silver under the sign "Silver Spoons and Jewelry." The silversmith had served as an apprentice under Nehemiah Dodge. He had learned his trade under Paul Revere, whose famous ride was the least of his achievements, according to craftsmen. The picture will show the processes of stamping, chasing, spinning and engraving to achieve superlative silver. Tour Factory The group will make a tour through the Lenox factory-j through the second film. Walter Scott Lenox' life plays a big part In the film, the man having consecrated his life to the ideal of elevating American ceramic art to the level of the European masters. He began manufacture in 1889, and despite loss of sight and the use of his legs, went on to realize his dreams. In 1917, the story relates, President Wilson bought 1,700 pieces of Lenox for the White House, and American' china entered the Capitol for the first time. In 1932, the Roose- velts bought $9,300 worth of Lenox for White House tables. Stages of making artware and china, through molding, glazing and baking, will be pictured. Members interested in attending the meeting may call Mrs. Jack Cornwall, section-chairman, at 2-2533. Hostesses for the evening will be the Mesdames E. S. Bliss, D. S. Krause, Richard Johnston and Leonard Schiff.