David Webb Jewelry and Asheville, North Carolina
Filed under: History
This weekend the Asheville Antiques Fair takes place at the Civic Center at 87 Haywood Street. The event in and of itself is worth going to but for those of you who have visited the Carolina Bed & Breakfast, or are interested in jewelry, there is a special event you may want to go to.
In the 1930’s the house at 177 Cumberland Avenue was a boarding house, owned by Mr. and Mrs. George Webb. The picture above is a photo of the house taken while it was still owned by the Webbs. It was sent to me by Angie Kratzer, Great-Great Grand-daughter of the Webbs and Great-Niece of David Webb
. Local legend has it that David learned to make jewelery in a WPA course during the Depression. He moved to New York at the age of 17 and by the age of 21 he had his own shop. His designs were worn by Jackie Kennedy, Lana Turner and Gloria Vanderbilt among other and even today stars such as Gwen Stefanie and designers like Tory Burch wear his pieces.
If you are in Asheville and would like to learn more about this native son, I encouraged you to go to Angie’s presentation “David Webb: The True Mountain Gem” at the Civic Center, this Friday Night at 5:30PM at the Civic Center