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This is George. He was my great great grandfather. Born in the U.S. in 1857 to German immigrants. George saw some incredible things: the Civil War, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the sinking of the Titanic, World War I, the Great Depression, and the invention of wondrous things like the light bulb, the automobile, the telephone, the hot dog, ice cream, even canned beer.

A simple man who believed in the dignity of hard work and the importance of enduring quality. George was a blacksmith who worked grueling hours at his forge in rural Illinois, making the essentials a farming community required: tools, wagon wheels, horseshoes, barrel straps, building materials, and more. Without George's dedication to his craft, his neighbors would have failed. 

At BUTLER, we embody all that George believed in, and have opened a shop that we feel George would be proud of. BUTLER offers honest home essentials, selected for their beauty and craftsmanship: defined by the dignity of their utility. Some of our things have been used for centuries, others are new. Each was chosen for its particular quality.