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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 12-15-2003 10:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Silver Salon Forums began in April 1999. Even though the Silver Salon Search function is limited, it does help to find those older choice posts/threads. I think new persons to the forums would find it helpful if there was list of our favorite posts.

Lets start that list here. Please post the URL of your favorite prior posts.

Thanks

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Brent

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iconnumber posted 12-15-2003 11:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi all,

Great idea! This thread of mine dates back to when there were only a handful of regular posters. I still have the three spoons discussed here, and I still don't know how to classify them. Maybe some of our newer members have some ideas? Anyway, lots for discussion here.

Brent
Initial Marks: American Coin - or Are They?

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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 12-15-2003 01:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think some of the most helpful posts are those that warn collectors of fakes/repros.

I also enjoyed reading about the "16th-17th Century Chalice..." wink

[This message has been edited by Paul Lemieux (edited 12-15-2003).]

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Marc

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iconnumber posted 12-21-2003 12:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Marc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi all,

I really liked the guided tour through the Christoffle factory and store. There was really a tremendous amount of good information presented that was not available elsewhere.

Marc

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 12-21-2003 01:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I really don't know where to begin. There is so much to review and to choose from.... It will take some time to dig through the older posts and then try to select just one or two .. In the meantime I think one of the more recent threads are exactly what these forums are all about and should be a candidate.

It started in the British / Irish forum and has migrated to the American Coin Forum.

Start with the Rare vs Common...??? In the American Coin Forum. Many of us now refer to this post as the Brasher post so its title may change to the Brasher Bowl.

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 07-13-2004 10:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am still interested in doing a "Top Ten" or "Best Of" or "Our Favorites" or "whatever we want to call it" list(s) of posts.

I need you to cast your vote by sending me the URL of your choices. Also let me know what you think the list should be entitled.

Offline I have many of the missing photos from prior posts. Just let me know and I will restore the photo(s) for any particular post.

I need your input for this project to proceed.

Thanks.

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zelda

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iconnumber posted 07-14-2004 09:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for zelda     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi,
In the short time I've been visiting, there are so many interesting and informative posts, but I always go back to 'Collecting San Fran...' to look for additional posts, so I'll choose that as my favorite.
Collecting San Francisco Silver

Look forward to seeing more about SF silver.

Rea

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 02-08-2006 09:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I still would like to do the Top Ten List. The suggestions for a Top Ten List never reached 10.

I know it is difficult to make a selection when there are so many choices. I think a Top Ten List would help new members appreciated the wonderful prior posts of the last 5+ years. Also I think it will revive some of the wonderful older threads for updating.

My vote is to include:

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 02-08-2006 05:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I dearly, dearly love this thread:
now I've really seen it all on eBay ....

I laughed till the tears ran down my cheeks. Then I laughed till my stomach muscles hurt. Then I read bits of it aloud to my husband and laughed some more. And I went on laughing all week.

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 02-09-2006 08:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you Polly.

I had forgotten that one. It is really a side splitter... a whole bunch of fun. Like you, I'll be chuckling all day. biggrin

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 02-09-2006 08:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We have five suggestions (not ranked):
  1. Initial Marks: American Coin - or Are They?
  2. Rare vs Common...???
  3. Collecting San Francisco Silver
  4. Whatzit
  5. now I've really seen it all on eBay ....

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doc

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iconnumber posted 02-09-2006 10:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for doc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had not read the posting on the "Brazilian" silver before, but it definitely gets my vote! I particularly got a kick out of the seller's posting about the silver testing at Pa's Trading Post. I live in Western Maine, and while I think it is disputable whether "Pa" is the leading expert on gold and silver in Western Maine, I can tell you he doesn't have much competition!! It is, however, one of those group shops that you can very occasionally find a hidden treasure in, so I peruse it regularly. Plus, Ma and Pa have caramels at the counter, so you can always help yourself to a treat on the way out!

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IJP

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iconnumber posted 02-09-2006 10:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for IJP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am only checking in on my way to work, so I'm afraid I can't write long, but I recall one very fascinating thread about French markings on New Orleans silver. In it, SSF member blakstone began to analyze examples of Minerva stamps to the minutest detail. I think it was a great thread, and even if it didn't arrive at any definitive conclusions, it certainly illustrates the enthusiasm and passion of our members. I will come back and find a link this afternoon, if someone has not done so by the time I am available.

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IJP

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iconnumber posted 04-04-2006 10:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for IJP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The thread I mentioned above, where blakstone microscopically analyzes examples of French (and perhaps pseudo-French?) Minerva marks, is Small French cup - Part 1.

I am also nominating the recent New Member Samuel Minott thread.

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hello

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iconnumber posted 04-04-2006 11:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hello     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks like someone had the idea before me smile A top ten list would be good, but also posts that are relevant to a particular forum. Each forum could have it's own "top posts"... just an idea. To be fair, a top ten list would need to include topics from all(most) of the different forums, as the purpose is to attract new members. Just an idea... Have submitted my favorite.

[This message has been edited by hello (edited 04-05-2006).]

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 04-05-2006 09:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
witzhall posted 04-05-2006 09:25 AM in the New Members' Forum:
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I agree with hello in the General Forum with respect to having a top ten for each forum. I submitted my choices on the survey and noticed that there was a distinct tilt toward early American coin silver spoons smile . . . As a new member I would find forum-specific top-ten lists most useful.

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akgdc

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iconnumber posted 04-05-2006 09:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for akgdc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am confused. How can our Forum Master nominate the thread I started back in 2003 about an online auction item ("Now I've really seen it all on eBay") as one of his top 10, when it violates this same Forum Master's draconian new rules that forbid even any mention of commercial sites?

It bears pointing out that this thread would never have happened under the current rules ... instead, I would have gotten the dreaded "SNIP" within about 20 seconds of the initial posting.

Too bad, because there is still a lot of humorous fodder on that Now-Unmentionable Auction Site.

[This message has been edited by akgdc (edited 04-05-2006).]

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hello

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iconnumber posted 04-05-2006 09:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hello     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
umm as far as I understand we are allowed to post ebay item #'s for discussion, but only after they have ended, and are not allowed to "steal" pictures. Plus, he may not be the one who nominated it.

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akgdc

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iconnumber posted 04-05-2006 09:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for akgdc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, but if you look at the thread in question, the conversation would never have been possible if it had started after the auction had ended.
now I've really seen it all on eBay ....

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 04-05-2006 10:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
akgdc,

I am sorry things evolving out of necessity are such a problem for you. I don't mind your not liking the Guidelines but I would appreciate it if you would keep the less than kind characterizations to yourself.

As it regards that post that was then and this is now and it is apart of our collective SSF history.

It is a great thread and since it is unlikely to be repeated it is special.

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hello

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iconnumber posted 04-05-2006 10:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hello     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, but the problem is that you would also allow people to advertise there own auctions, and that is not the purpose of the forums. This could easily be done deceptively. I personally am glad we don't discuss active ebay items.

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outwest

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iconnumber posted 04-06-2006 02:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for outwest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This top ten thread is fun and it's going to be difficult to choose. Thanks to whoever nominated the Kinsey Pitcher. smile

I get to print out all those threads and read them like magazine articles on the comfy couch 'cause my computer chair dumped me on the ground the other day. It's beyond hope and I would have to sit here all hunched up a stool otherwise. ugh
(don't you feel sorry for me wink )


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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 04-06-2006 02:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Vote here for the Ten Best SSF posts

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IJP

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iconnumber posted 04-06-2006 08:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for IJP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey there, everyone...

I'm glad to see that the Top Ten options on the voting page have been augmented. There are a lot of great threads there that I had not thought of earlier.

This makes me wish I'd voted for some of the new choices! (As it is, I only decided on a Top Three including one of the choices given, and two of my own nomination).

Scott, may I re-cast my vote? If you don't wish to have a double-vote, perhaps you can cancel my earlier vote so I may choose again.

Again, those are all great discussions! Thanks to Scott and to everyone who gave feedback for this little project.

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 04-06-2006 11:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
"We are asking everyone (even those who submitted the recommendations) to cast a ballot for 10 of the 17....."

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iconnumber posted 04-15-2006 11:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The results -
  1. English papboat - American owners??
  2. Samuel Minott
  3. The socialization of spoons
  4. Small French cup
  5. Would you repair this?
  6. When Coin Evolved to Sterling
  7. Rare vs Common...???
  8. Hurricane
  9. Handmade Flatware Question
  10. Whatzit
  11. now I've really seen it all on eBay ....

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IJP

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iconnumber posted 04-15-2006 06:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for IJP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm very pleased with the results. I firmly believe that the selected threads give an accurate portrayal of the kind of discussion these forums are intended for. Great job everyone for the suggestions, and thanks for voting.

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