This tea service set was purchased by Chicago Historical Society for $350.
This tea service set was made by Lebolt and Company, a Chicago store that specialized in making jewelry and hand-hammered silver products. Though the company employed relatively large numbers of expert silver makers in the 1920s, it still produced silver much slower than it did another type of merchandise, pearls. By the time the government imposed metal rationing during World War II, Lebolt and Company had abandoned silver making altogether, preferring to focus on producing pearls instead. Eventually, the company became known as the House of Pearls and was the largest importer of pearls in Chicago.