Unearth The Story
Looking for a bargain on some used casting equipment, I was rummaging around in an old warehouse and I watched some workers dumping broken boxes of steel parts into a dump truck to be sold for scrap metal. One of the boxes broke open and pieces spilled out on the ground.
The truck pulled out and I looked at what had spilled. While I didn’t have a true understanding of what I was looking at I did realize that it contained very important jewelry designs. I quickly excused myself and hopped in my car and sped after the dump truck. I flagged the driver at a stop light and convinced him to sell me some of the “scrap” on the back of the truck and then arranged to ship it home. It took almost a year of researching and picking the brains of numerous folks in the jewelry industry before I started to fully understand what I had stumbled across and how it was used.
I learned that the pieces I had saved from the scrap yard were exquisitely crafted hubs, blocks of steel with intricate designs hand-carved into the top surface dating back to the 1800s. In any case, I was hooked on the subject, fascinated by the workmanship and determined to find and collect every hub, die and roll I could get my hands on, while also figuring out how to put versions of these designs back into production.
ETHICALLY SOURCED JEWELRY
All materials are ethically sourced and all jewlery is made by hand in the U.S.A
MADE FROM A VINTAGE HUB
· Hand engraved into steel blocks and rolls
· Hugo Kohl has over 3,000 Hubs in his collection
· There are Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco & Retro Art Designs periods represented.
· Dating back to the 1800s
C O V E T
The collection is stored in engraved steel blocks and rolls that represent the art of dimensional hand engraving at it’s zenith. The collection started with a few hundred pieces over 10 years ago and has grown to over 3,000 designs at present.