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wev
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iconnumber posted 02-12-2013 08:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Winterthur Library and Garden has opened a new online database of its entire collection:

Winterthur Museum Collection

On the down side, it can be slow and their server seems easily overloaded. Searching can be done by a variety of specific categories, but they don't work well; better to just do a full spectrum search and plod through the results. Also, I have found quite a few errors, typographic and factual, so take things with a grain of salt.

On the plus side, there is a big collection to explore, with descent descriptive text and generally good quality, large images, though not everything has been photographed yet. Lots of nice silver that is seldom, if ever, on display.

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chase33

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iconnumber posted 02-12-2013 09:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chase33     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well I think everyone has to tried to get on at once - LOL! It crashed on me when I tried to search. I guess I will wait until tomorrow.

Thanks for the heads-up Wev.

Just think of how many other resources out in the wild that aren't online yet. I know that Brown University Library received a grant a few years ago to put the Gorham archives online but the last post on the related blog was in 2009. Anyone know more about this?

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 02-12-2013 11:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Crashed on me also.
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We are experiencing very high volume of visitors. This may cause the system to run slow or not at all for short periods. We thank you for your continued interest and will do all we can to get the Museum Collection running strong now and long-term.

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vathek

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iconnumber posted 02-13-2013 06:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for vathek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I notice that the metals area has over 900 pages. A lot to look through unless you have a specific search in mind.

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swarter
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iconnumber posted 02-13-2013 07:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for swarter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It works for me.

It will be faster if you can restrict your searches. Be sure to toggle the advanced search fields link on the upper right where there are a variety of ways to pare things down. If you just want to browse all silver at least be sure to specify "silver" to eliminate pewter and mixed metals. You can further restrict searches by geographical area, time period, type of object, or a specific maker.

When browsing, be sure not to ignore the ones labelled "unknown maker" as they are not unsigned as you might think, but merely unlocated and most have the marks illustrated. You might recognize some of them.

One thing is annoying, and that is if there is a set of 12 identical spoons, there will be 12 separate entries instead of grouping them in one, but that may be because they give each a separate entry in their catalogue, but you may feel you have to open each one to see if they have the same or different marks - you can't always tell from the thumbnails if they are all identical.

All pages are not complete, as many images have yet to be added. In one search, I had 44 pages, ran out of images at page 20, but it picked up again about page 30, so don't give up prematurely. And as wev said, there are some errors, but then it is a huge project, and some are bound to creep in. It is a great resource.

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Richard Kurtzman
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iconnumber posted 02-16-2013 02:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have found this a very slow website to deal with.
As for Brown, there is a fair amount of info online, but most of it is hidden from the general public.

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wev
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iconnumber posted 02-16-2013 09:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have been getting up quite early and find much faster loading before 9:00 EST, though the site as a whole has been much better all day long. I have been replacing many of my old scanned images from Belden with the originals and adding examples I did not have (I did check and, as I don't make beans from my little project, I can use the images without a copyright issue).

I just did a quick count and my site now includes just over 7,125 pictures of marks and examples. Take that all you pay-to-play people.

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Richard Kurtzman
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iconnumber posted 02-16-2019 01:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Six years later this site appears to be much faster.

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