My grandparents were John Schwarz Antiques

My grandparents, John and Marie Schwarz, were Baltimore antique dealers from at least 1925, until my grandmother liquidated the business in 1985.  John took over the family business when he was about 25, located on Antique Row, 827 N. Howard Street, and moved it some years later to 2013/2015 North Charles Street. My grandfather was known throughout the Mid Atlantic and New England as a leading expert in the decorative arts and assisted in the development of that portion of the American collection at the Baltimore Museum of Art.  

Papa John and Dede brought together all of our extended family, and I grew up having great times hanging at their antique store. So many magical and fascinating googahs and places to hide for small people. I honored my grandparents for their business savvy and was counted on to help with accounting at times. I delivered holiday orders one December when I was 20, learned my way around Baltimore, and was introduced to some of its wealthiest neighborhoods.  I was even with them at times as they traveled New England, buying antiques at small shops and auctions.

My grandmother continued managing the business after Papa John died in 1966, with the help of their daughter, Ann Keene. Antique furniture has infused all of our family. It enriches my artistic sense.  

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John (1900-1966) and Marie Gardner (1904-1991) Schwarz, Proprietors, John Schwarz Antiques, around 1960. “An ever-changing collection of antique and reproduction Furniture, Lamps and Shades, Silver, Glass, Porcelains, Paintings and many, many other unique treasures!”
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Ad in the 1950 Tour Book Issue of The Maryland Gardener (John Schwarz Antiques)
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South wall, Main Furniture Showroom, 2015 N. Charles Street (John Schwarz Antiques)
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John Schwarz, relaxing in the Main Furniture Showroom
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Another Showroom, 2015 N. Charles Street (John Schwarz Antiques)

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South wall, the Porcelain Shop, 2013 N. Charles Street (John Schwarz Antiques)
North wall, The Porcelain Shop, 2013 N. Charles Street
North wall, The Porcelain Shop, 2013 N. Charles Street (John Schwarz Antiques)

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Another showroom, probably upstairs 2013 N. Charles Street (John Schwarz Antiques)
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Another showroom (John Schwarz Antiques)
Lamps and Lampshades Shop, 2015 N. Charles Street (John Schwarz Antiques)
Lamps and Shades Shop, 2015 N. Charles Street (John Schwarz Antiques)
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Nov 15, 1926, Howard Street location
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July 17, 1929, both Howard Street and Charles Street locations
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A young John Schwarz, perhaps in his 40s?

 

827 N. Howard Street location, with Molly Donnelly Schwarz, John's mother, and an an unknown youngun
827 N. Howard Street location, with Molly Donnelly Schwarz, John’s mother, and an unknown youngun

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Harry Schwarz

Nicknamed “The Professor” by his colleagues, Harry is a native Marylander who moved to Columbia in 2001. Harry’s wife, Cathy, is a Columbia acupuncturist and the family includes two college-age children, a dog and a cat. Harry is a partner with BearsolutionsLLC, assisting charter school authorizers to provide effective financial oversight. He is underemployed at this time and welcomes conversation about how he might help you.

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