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cbc58

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iconnumber posted 09-19-2018 04:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cbc58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Seeing as virtually 80%+ of the items I am buying have monograms - wondering if there is a rule of thumb regarding the way initials are written on silver.

For example: If someone named Susan Allison Smith marries John Brown, I assume a spoon monogrammed after her marriage may read SBS (Susan Brown Smith) - with the B larger than the first and last initial. Then there are others where the initials are all the same size - so that makes me wonder if those are someone's actual name initials - i.e. SAS (Susan Allison Smith). Or is it just another way of doing the same thing. I've seen one, two, three and four initial monograms.

Is there a rule of thumb on reading monograms?

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 09-19-2018 08:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think if the initials are the same size, they represent the initials of the name read from left to right (eg, SBA = Susan B. Anthony), but if the central one is much bigger, it represents the last name (eg, S[great big A]B = Susan B. Anthony).

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cbc58

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iconnumber posted 09-21-2018 08:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cbc58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you Polly. That is my assumption also. Some monograms are quite elaborate.

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asheland

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iconnumber posted 09-21-2018 09:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for asheland     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If the monogram is original to the piece and done by hand, I find it actually helps the piece. Some are extraordinary!

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cbc58

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iconnumber posted 09-21-2018 10:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cbc58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Some monograms are works of art. I have a spoon by Root & Brothers which has a really nice monogram style. I've seen other Root spoons with the same style so they were definitely done by the same engraver.

Some monograms done by hand many moons ago have elaborate interconnecting letters and it's amazing how they did them without making any mistakes.

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agleopar

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Mono’s are an art and a good engraver is first and formost good at laying out the design with first a pencil then a scriber. The cutting, again by a good engraver, is sort of rote because he/she is just following the scribed lines. Actually they can cut a better flowing line than draw it but it sort of happens of itself by virtue of the very sharp graver and the resistance of the silver along with years of cutting. Done at the best level there are no mistakes!

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asheland

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iconnumber posted 09-24-2018 12:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for asheland     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Check out my Fish Tray video to see a crazy monogram. I still don't know exactly what the initials are!

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