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Richard Kurtzman
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posted 07-31-2011 01:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another interesting piece. This elephant with ivory tusks is about 7" long.
Any guesses?

(The second photo sort of gives it away.)

Aside from the German marks for silver and a French import mark it is also marked with an A, a star and a D, all in an oval cartouche. I would think that this is the makers mark but I have no idea who that might be.



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posted 07-31-2011 02:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for adelapt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A relatively bizarre drinking vessel (covered cup).

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Richard Kurtzman
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posted 07-31-2011 06:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A creative guess, but I believe it is incorrect.

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vathek

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posted 08-02-2011 08:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for vathek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are the feet hollow or at least closed off?

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Scott Martin
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posted 08-02-2011 08:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Richard is off line and may not get to reply for a short while.

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jersey

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posted 08-02-2011 02:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jersey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My guess is a spice box.

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Paul Lemieux

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posted 08-02-2011 07:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
this won't help much (if at all), but i have had a couple pieces of gold jewelry marked with a very similar mark. i always had assumed they were german (not dragsted as a dealer misinformed me). i never tracked A*D down, but if somebody has a book of german jewelers, that might be a possible avenue of investigation.

neat piece.

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Richard Kurtzman
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posted 08-03-2011 07:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The feet are closed off.
Jersey, I believe that you have got it. It's either a spice box or tea caddy.
Paul, I have never seen the mark before and I haven't a clue. Maybe it is a jeweler's mark.
Anybody have any leads?

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vathek

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posted 08-04-2011 08:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for vathek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In order to fill or empty it of what ever it contained you would have to pick it up and hold it tail down so as not to spill the contents. Does the head fasten on tightly?

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posted 08-04-2011 01:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The head fits snuggly and securely.

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jersey

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posted 08-04-2011 02:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jersey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello Richard,

I'm not sure but the mark may be that of Andreas Daub.

Happy to know I guessed correctly.

Jersey

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Paul Lemieux

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posted 08-05-2011 12:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great find, Jersey! That is definitely the mark that was on my gold jewelry pieces.

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posted 08-05-2011 07:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jersey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Paul!
Glad I could be of help!
Hope it's right for Richard.

Jersey

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posted 08-05-2011 08:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
if you use google images to search their mark, you will see there have been many variations of it over the years.

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Richard Kurtzman
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posted 08-06-2011 11:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
jersey, Thank you. That appears to be it or close to it.
Paul, have you found a version of the mark with a five pointed star that matches the elephant mark?

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