SMP Logo
SM Publications
Silver Salon Forums - The premier site for discussing Silver.
SMP | Silver Salon Forums | SSF - Guidelines | SSF - FAQ | Silver Sales

The Silver Salon Forums
Since 1993
Over 11,793 threads & 64,769 posts !!

General Silver Forum

Silver Salon internal search

REGISTER (click here) How to Post Photos

customtitle open  SMP Silver Salon Forums
tlineopen  General Silver Forum
tline3open  Silver Whatzit

Post New Topic  Post A Reply
profile | register | preferences | faq | search

ForumFriend SSFFriend: Email This Page to Someone! next newest topic | next oldest topic
Author Topic:   Silver Whatzit
Paul Lemieux

Posts: 1792
Registered: Apr 2000

iconnumber posted 10-07-2002 05:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Unlike Scott's whatzits, I don't know the function of this odd looking little piece. There is a 3D pigeon finial, surmounting two open shapes (one a heart). The "stem" is partially twisted at the top, and the bottom tapers to a not very sharp point. It is unmarked, but seems to be silver. The length is 3 7/8".

Any suggestions about origin, date, or purpose?

IP: Logged


Posts: 96
Registered: Nov 99

iconnumber posted 10-10-2002 05:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Trefid     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks like a stiletto or laying tool to me, Paul. They are used by needleworkers to lay the threads flat on the surface to achieve a smooth effect. Nowadays we have ones that attach to our forefingers for more control.

IP: Logged

Paul Lemieux

Posts: 1792
Registered: Apr 2000

iconnumber posted 01-23-2007 03:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just found reference to this form. It is a pipe reamer. A piece of the same shape and size, with a similar heart-shaped open area, but a ship instead of bird finial is identified in the book "Primitive and Folk Jewelry" as a Frisian pipe reamer. Presumably, since Frisia was divided in 1815, the reference to Frisia indicates that that one predates 1815.

That book, by the way, is a fabulous reference for people like me who pick up curious and seemingly unidentifiable pieces of old jewelry. It is a Dover reprint of a 1906 publication illustrating about 1900 pieces of ancient through (then) modern jewelry from all over the world.

[This message has been edited by Paul Lemieux (edited 01-23-2007).]

IP: Logged


Posts: 87
Registered: Sep 2002

iconnumber posted 01-23-2007 08:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ozfred     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For more of these "pijpewroeters" see
BWG Wttewaall " Nederlands Klein Zilver en Schepwerk." ISBN 91 6825 148 1.
Pages 255 - 261.

IP: Logged


Posts: 4121
Registered: Apr 99

iconnumber posted 01-23-2007 08:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, that may be what they call it, but I would never use it on my pipes. . .

IP: Logged

All times are ET

next newest topic | next oldest topic

Administrative Options: Close Topic | Archive/Move | Delete Topic
Post New Topic  Post A Reply
Hop to:

Ultimate Bulletin Board 5.46a

1. Public Silver Forums (open Free membership) - anyone with a valid e-mail address may register. Once you have received your Silver Salon Forum password, and then if you abide by the Silver Salon Forum Guidelines, you may start a thread or post a reply in the New Members' Forum. New Members who show a continued willingness to participate, to completely read and abide by the Guidelines will be allowed to post to the Member Public Forums.
Click here to Register for a Free password

2. Private Silver Salon Forums (invitational or $ donation membership) - The Private Silver Salon Forums require registration and special authorization to view, search, start a thread or to post a reply. Special authorization can be obtained in one of several ways: by Invitation; Annual $ Donation; or via Special Limited Membership. For more details click here (under development).

3. Administrative/Special Private Forums (special membership required) - These forums are reserved for special subjects or administrative discussion. These forums are not open to the public and require special authorization to view or post.

| Home | Order | The Guide to Evaluating Gold & Silver Objects | The Book of Silver
| Update BOS Registration | Silver Library | For Sale | Our Wants List | Silver Dealers | Speakers Bureau |
| Silversmiths | How to set a table | Shows | SMP | Silver News |
copyright © 1993 - 2022 SM Publications
All Rights Reserved.
Legal & Privacy Notices