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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 11-06-2002 02:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Sometimes a silver object's monogram can be as innovative and artistic as the object itself. Pictured below are two of my favorites. Does anybody have other artistic or unusual monograms to share?

1. Whiting Aesthetic style glove stretcher:

2. Shiebler Homeric pattern teaspoon:

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 11-06-2002 03:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here are two from our book, The Book of Silver:

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iconnumber posted 06-28-2005 01:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for asheland     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A little late, but I found this post and wanted to share a nice Victorian monogram on an early piece of Gorham c.1875-1880.

The picture isn't the greatest. I like this style, does anyone else have anything with this type of engraving?


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iconnumber posted 06-28-2005 06:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for sazikov2000     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cigarette case by Khlebnikov 1895, Email cloisonné

Cigar case by Osipov 1886-1908

Candelstick and Teaglasholder by Ovtschinnikov 1896

Cigarette case by Sazikov 1895, Email clausonné

Sazikov 2000

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iconnumber posted 06-28-2005 11:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for IJP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Here's an especially nice engraving on a candy dish by Lesser & Rheinauer. The exact same monogram is on another candy dish by Woodside Sterling Co. Very Nouveau in execution, like flowing ribbons... This example shows that the monogram was as much an avenue of expression as a practical "name-tag".

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iconnumber posted 06-29-2005 01:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for asheland     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Those are very nice pieces, thanks for sharing them!


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iconnumber posted 06-29-2005 12:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonflywink     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thought I'd add this pair of Gorham Nuremberg Demitasse spoons. Guessing they were a wedding gift from someone with a penchant for extreme personalization. Best I can make out, the entwined monogram (which covers well over half of the tiny bowl-backs) is "MAP" or some combination thereof. To my eye, they were done by different engravers (left one is on the lady). Suspect that perhaps the script initials were added for the next generation, since, except for the last initial "P", they don't match the large monogram. Squeezed onto the front of the figures is a tiny "Mar 28 1891", also appearing to be done by different hands. Sold to me years ago as "throw-ins" on the sale of a lovely old plush 12-spoon presentation box, the dealer said, "cute little spoons, shame about those ugly monograms". Personally, like it when my silver has some extra personality.

Cheryl ;o)

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