We at The Great Republic take pride in celebrating American craftsmanship and supporting the community of American makers, designers, artists, and creators represented in our shop. From our leather makers to letterpress designers, jewelry crafters to cutlers, pen makers and horologists, by shopping with The Great Republic you are helping over 30 small businesses thrive.
One of the small businesses and creative experts that make The Great Republic such a special place to shop is Intellectual Property.
Searching the braderies and antique shops throughout Europe, the founders of Intellectual Property, Mary and Hallie, specialize in finding unique antique medals and transforming them into one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry. Their vintage jewelry designs highlight the legacy and integrity of the original pieces, artfully bringing the past into the present.
Take for example this 1906 Antique Sterling Silver and Rose Gold Watch Fob Necklace. The fob was made in London and is hand-engraved with the initials “ECC” at center and the year at top. The fob has been fashioned into a necklace by Intellectual Property, and is now presented on a strand of antique bohemian garnet, with a sterling silver toggle.
This is an Antique Victorian Coin Heart Necklace, intricately hand-engraved with a bird and branch motif on the front. Originally a coin that was flattened and shaped into this heart keepsake, it is now on a strand of faceted pyrite beads.
Similarly, this bracelet is fashioned from an antique sterling silver love token, engraved on the back of an 1858 seated liberty coin. The love token is engraved with a "SWR" monogram, surrounded by a heart and is now on a double link chain bracelet.
Based in Fort Worth, Texas, Hallie and Mary love to breathe new life into cherished items from the past, continuing an object’s legacy and story. “You don’t have to be a historian to appreciate the power of each item — everything you’ll find here is a conversation piece on its own, representing a moment in history as unique as you.”
These original pieces make memorable gifts, so consider gifting one this holiday season to that special someone….or for yourself! Click here to explore their whole line of necklaces and bracelets.
Mitchell became one of the most prominent American map publishers of the mid-19th century and his visual record of the early Unites States gives us an incredible lens into the rapid growth of our country during this time. This engraved and hand-colored 1858 map of the United States is a wonderful example of Westward expansion and the worldwide powerhouse that America was becoming.
Douglas Adams (1853-1920) was a London based landscape painter. He exhibited in the Royal Academy between 1880 and 1894, showed at the Society of British Artists, the Grosvenor Gallery, and the New Gallery and shared a Primrose Hill studio with other artists. Adams specialized as a landscape and wildfowl painter and often painted sporting scenes. Many of his paintings celebrated the field sports of hunting, shooting, and fishing, set against stunning Highland landscapes and painted in the Victorian tradition.