Amber glass pendant attached to amber string, with amber tassle hanging off the bottom. The glass is undecorated on one side, but has a serpent pattern molded on the other.;If the piece is authentic, Rene Lalique (1860-1945) was a famous French jeweler, goldsmith, and glass artist. He was especially renowned for his vases, perfume bottles, clocks, and radiator caps. Upon his death, his son Marc took over his business; today Lalique is run by Rene's granddaughter Marie-Claude, and produces a variety of products.;1) Label attached to string reads "Amberg." and "9-19-51" on one side. The other side reads "Beads #21-/Lalique-occ.".;"Lalique" inscribed in cursive on reverse face of glass. |
Estate of Ruth Herrick Born on July 6, 1895 in Ohio, Ruth Herrick became known as one of the first women physicians in Michigan. She studied at the University of Chicago Medical College and at Blodgett Memorial Hospital. Afterwards she began her practice in 1931 in Grand Rapids. She was an avid collector and took a strong interest in archaeology, having lectured at the Greenfield Village Museum and wrote and published a book entitled "Greentown glass: the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company and allied manufacturers (1959)". In 1961 she cooperated with the Kent County Medical Society in compiling a historic medical collection. She retired in 1973 and later passed away after an automobile accident on June 7, 1974, with many of her assets bequeathed to the Public Museum.