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nadinemccarthy
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iconnumber posted 11-04-2001 01:44 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd love to know the value of this ring I just got. According to the 3 marks inside the spoon ring right facing lion, anchor and Fancy G it was manufactured between 1852 and 1865. It weighs 10 grams or a little over 1/4 oz. Can't seem to find any price guides for this item. Any help? email me nadinemccarthy@excite.com Thanks

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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 11-04-2001 05:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The ring is probably later than 1865. The lion faced right for as long as Gorham used the lion-anchor-G mark, so into the 20th century. A picture, or at least a description of the ring's decoration, would really help us determine the approximate date of the piece.

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iconnumber posted 11-04-2001 11:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is a contemporary cottage industry out there of turning silver spoons into rings and key chains. Sometimes it's a good reincarnation. Sometimes it's a shame to see a good spoon gone.

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There is also a smaller (thankfully) cottage industry of converting forks into bracelets, apparently by simply flattening the fork, then bending it around so it is bracelet-shaped. I recently saw two examples in an antique store display case. The unfortunate one was an ornately engraved 1860s sardine fork marked Bigelow Kennard & Co. 925--perhaps made by Durgin or Farrington & Hunnewell. The serving end was pierced, and the stress of bending the fork had produced several small cracks there, eliminating my first hope that I could buy it and fix it.

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iconnumber posted 10-04-2002 08:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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