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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 07-03-2001 04:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

For years Lunt Silversmiths has had a contract from Tiffany to manufacture the Tiffany flatware.

I just was just told a rumor that:

  • Lunt has or is about to declare bankruptcy.
  • That Tiffany canceled the contract and has taken or requested the return of their dyes.
  • That Lunt may be up for sale and that they are in active negotiations with someone possibly Towle.

Remember the above is only a rumor.

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iconnumber posted 07-03-2001 04:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
After posting this rumor (about ten minutes ago) I called Lunt Silver Smiths and spoke to several individuals who knew nothing about this rumor and all said that it is totally untrue. I even spoke with their controller's office. So this just goes to show ya that rumors can't be trusted.

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iconnumber posted 07-03-2001 05:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, the last company I worked for adamantly denied the rumours of forcoming layoffs, too.

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iconnumber posted 07-25-2001 09:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I visited the Tiffany factory in Newark in the early 1980s, and watched them making flatware by hand from their old dies and using their old spinning tools. When they closed the factory in 1985 they sent the dies to Lunt (and their paper printing equipment, which was also in Newark, to Crane). The Newark Museum, through the good offices of their then archivist Janet Zapata, received all of the surviving steel dies to their "King" plated pattern, which are still in our collection here. The sterling dies were sent to Lunt that year.

I haven't heard any rumors about Lunt per se. I have heard rumors that Tiffany is interested in taking back its flatsilver-making operation, in order to be more in control. They are trying to control much more of their manufacturing. Control seems to be the major catchword.

Tiffany still has a silver department that manufactures things in their Parsippany, New Jersey headquarters. I recently bought a baby cup as a gift at their Short Hills store, and the saleswoman was quite wide-eyed with surprise when I asked her if this cup was made in Parsippany (as opposed to Italy or England, where much of their stuff is made).

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iconnumber posted 07-27-2001 08:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dorothy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree that something is up with Tiffany. We have a store in Louisville named Dolfingers that has sold Tiffany sterling flatware, holloware, etc for generations. About 6 months ago they sold all their remaining stock. Of course, I inquiried about this and was advised that Tiffany was no longer going to market though 3rd parties. In the future, they would be selling sterling only at their store locations.

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iconnumber posted 06-07-2011 05:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This Tiffany dye stamp was a gift from a good friend who found it at a NYC flea market. The seller told them it came from Lunt.

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iconnumber posted 06-08-2011 06:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jersey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello Scott.

Is it possible that many of these were sold & could be used to forge a mark?

Perhaps this is why we see items with a Makers mark sort of blurred.


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