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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 07-02-2001 04:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any ideas about what this is? It is a container of some kind (matches?), with an opening on one side at the top. It looks to be something that might have hung from a chatelaine. It is about 2.5" long, and marked with standard Gorham marks and "7".

The inscription is also mysterious to me. One side features a monogram, no mystery there. But the other side has the word "NEIGHBORS" (in Japanese style script) and the date 1891 engraved. I am unsure what this means. One idea I had was that it could be the name of some theatrical piece, of which this silver container would have been a souvenir.

Any further speculation?

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Brent

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iconnumber posted 07-03-2001 06:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi!

I think it is a pin cushion. I am fairly certain that I have seen these with velvet inserts to hold pins. This would indeed have hung from a chatelaine. Probably a friendly gift to a neighbor, and a very nice one, indeed.

Brent

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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 07-05-2001 06:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had also thought it could have been a neighborly present, but the pincushion angle didn't occur to me. Hopefully when I get that new Gorham catalog CD ROM this (and other) questions will be answered.

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Richard Kurtzman
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iconnumber posted 07-10-2001 10:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's a Court Plaster Holder, for Victorian band-aids.

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Lorraine
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iconnumber posted 08-27-2001 05:44 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is a Victorian fan holder, that attaches to a chatelaine or long chain. I saw one with the fan inside at a show this past weekend.

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Richard Kurtzman
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iconnumber posted 08-28-2001 01:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Victoria, That must have been the smallest fan in the world. It is a Court Plaster Holder.

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Richard Kurtzman
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iconnumber posted 08-28-2001 01:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Excuse me, Hi Lorraine!

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