Michael Dreicer was one of America's foremost jewelers, entering the business with his father Jacob Dreicer after graduating from the City College in New York. When he died at age 53 in 1921 he was President of Dreicer & Co., New York, President of the Houbigant Company, American Branch, and a Director in the Harriman National Bank. Dreicer was known as an art connoisseur, and was a collector of paintings, as well as of jade and Chinese porcelains. He was also a shrewd real estate investor. He married Maisie Shainwald and had two sons, James Huntington and Donald Michael. His summer home, Deepdale, at Great Neck Long Island, was a gift from his mother, who had purchased the estate from William K. Vanderbilt, Jr.
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