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Allan Adler (1916-2002)

Art

Also known as:  Inc Allan Adler

Birth Place: Missoula, MT USA

Biography:

Who was Allan Adler?

Allan Adler was a silversmith, who through decades of work eventually became known as the “silversmith to the stars.” He also briefly made radar equipment for the US during World War II. Many of Adler’s clients were celebrities, Frank Sinatra, Errol Flynn were early clients of his. His career stretched long enough that people like Tom Hanks and Michael Jackson were also clients by the end of his life. 

Allan Adler also worked with several notable political figures. He made a silver coffee urn to be used as a fund-raiser for presidential-hopeful, John F. Kennedy. He also made silver pieces for Winston Churchill and Pat Brown, the 32nd Governor of California. His pieces have been featured in the “Living Treasures of California'' exhibition at the famed Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. He was married to Becca Blanchard, the daughter of famed silversmith Porter Blanchard. 

What kind of art did Allan Adler make?

Allan Adler was a silversmith. His flatware patterns and hollowware were famed for their smooth, clean shapes and refined lines. He also made jewelry. While initially starting out as a lathing contractor and silversmith, by the end of the 1930s, Adler had moved into the wholesale silversmith business. His company made the crown for the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants, as well as many candlesticks and goblets for celebrity clients in the 1940s. 

How did silversmith Allan Adler get started?

Born in Missoula, Montana Allan Adler moved to Burbank, California at the age of 19 to start work as a lathing contractor. He married Becca Blanchard, the daughter of the famous Los Angeles silversmith, Porter Blanchard. By the late 1930s, Blanchard convinced Allan Adler to move to silversmithing and take over the family business. Adler was drafted into the Army during World War II, but served only briefly before being discharged for medical reasons. His company went on to make radar parts for the war effort. After, his clientele grew to include some of Hollywood’s most elite actors and actresses. He would stay in business for the rest of the 20th century. 

How much are Allan Adler pieces worth?

Allan Adler’s pieces are valuable. Some sets can be worth tens of thousands of dollars. His work is prized for its clean mid-century design. Any prospective collector would be wise to look at any of Adler’s pieces that come up for auction. 

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