Francis Joseph Sperisen was born in San Francisco, CA on May 12, 1901. Sperisen was a self-taught faceter who had a shop on Geary Street from 1923 to 1981. His book, The Art of Lapidary was published in 1950. A lifelong resident of his native city, he died on Sept. 17, 1986. He was the brother of Albert Sperisen.
Source: Edan Hughes, author of the book "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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