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2foggy

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Registered: Dec 2002

posted 11-11-2003 01:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 2foggy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone have any information on Guildcraft and their silver work. I have found a little bit of information on the company as they seem to have produced a lot of Arts and Crafts metal work especially in copper and other metals, but no reference to silver work. I recently acquired a serving piece in silver and would like to know more about the company, dates of operation, and craftsmen.

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Callie

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posted 11-11-2003 09:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Callie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Do your pieces have any other marks? And what other information did you find about this company.

I have a copper box marked Guildcraft/Scarborough/Canada. If your pieces are possibly Canadian, it's probably that same company. And I can surmise at least a couple of possible makers' names.

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2foggy

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posted 11-11-2003 11:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 2foggy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I didn't think about Canada; that may help me find more. There are no other marks and the item was purchased through a US dealer who knew nothing.

The information I found on Guildcraft was through a Google search, but I didn't dig very deep as there is a craft company with the same name that messed up the search. I will try again with the Canadian angle.

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Patrick Vyvyan

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posted 11-11-2003 01:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Patrick Vyvyan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is a Guildcraft copper/enamel bowl currently on the web:

The seller comments: "I seem to vaguely remember that the mark might be from a guild group in Minnesota during the Arts and Crafts era. Just not sure though."

Is the mark on your silver serving piece the same?

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Patrick Vyvyan

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posted 11-11-2003 01:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Patrick Vyvyan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There's also a silent butler currently on e-bay, Item number: 3252962961, with this mark:

I suspect it was made by a different company.

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Callie

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posted 11-11-2003 02:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Callie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Now that I see the marking, I would say that your Guildcraft is not the same as my Canadian Guildcraft.

What marking is on the silver piece? Can you post a photo? Or can you describe it?

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2foggy

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posted 11-11-2003 08:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 2foggy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The item is a serving piece and does not have the same markes. The handle is stamped "Guildcraft hand made sterling" It is in the common fiddle handle pattern and had some modulation in the surface showing that it is hand beaten, but not a pea hammer pattern. The server is hand pierced. My guess this is somewhere around 1905-1920. The quality is very good, so it is surprising to not find them represented in any of the books.

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