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Brent

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posted 10-07-1999 10:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recently discovered an interesting fact about G, W & D, and I thought I would pass it along. Apparently Graff, Washbourne and Dunn were contracted to Steuben glass to provide silver accessories. I found a very interesting bar spoon with the G, W & D mark, as well as Steuben in script. The spoon must have been made to accompany a glass martini pitcher, I would imagine.

Does anyone have more concrete information about this partnership?

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Martine
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posted 06-22-2000 06:44 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Brent, though I have not come across any information about that partnership, I have seen a vase that is Steuben Jadite in an arts & crafts style sterling base. The base is signed Black, Starr & Frost.
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Originally posted by Brent:
I recently discovered an interesting fact about G, W & D, and I thought I would pass it along. Apparently Graff, Washbourne and Dunn were contracted to Steuben glass to provide silver accessories. I found a very interesting bar spoon with the G, W & D mark, as well as Steuben in script. The spoon must have been made to accompany a glass martini pitcher, I would imagine.

Does anyone have more concrete information about this partnership?


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callie
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posted 07-17-2000 08:59 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Do you know when they had this contract? Pre 1950s or later?

My father, the late Toronto silversmith, spent 2 years in NY with Steuben, leading a pilot project to make sterling silver items to "go with" Steuben's glass. His workshop made about 50 prototypes before the project was halted in 1952 with the Korean War. The objects are now housed in the Corning Museum of Glass.

I have a salt spoon marked Steuben and pictured in Steuben catalogues both pre and post 1950s. And there is a large spoon in the Art Institute of Chicago with the same markings. Would these also be by your company? I imagine that if my father's contract had continued, he would have been responsible for the spoons as well as the hollowware he was making.

Does this help/add to your mystery?

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Brent

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posted 07-18-2000 09:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interesting! Who was your father? Without a last name, I am not sure to whom you are referring. Any other information you could provide would be very welcome.

I would guess that the Graff, Washbourne and Dunn accesory spoon I saw was pre-war, more in the style of the 30's than the 50's. Perhaps Steuben made multiple attempts to integrate sterling accessories into their line of glassware.

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callie
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posted 07-19-2000 02:50 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oops, sorry. I omitted Harold Stacey's name in my reply. His assistant in New York was the late Solve Hallqvist.

I think all along Steuben had silver spoons, etc. made for their glass...their catalogues feature many salts and martini mixers that would need spoons and stirrers...through the 40s and 50s anyway. Dad's project was much bigger - trays, pitchers, cigarette and cigar holders, sauce boats, candy dishes, etc...even including a chalice.

Any help?

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