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Brent

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Here is a neat little enamelled lapel pin, likely presented as a 10 year service award by the giant International Silver Company. What I find most interesting is that a huge silver company appears to have given out silver pins made by someone else! The mark appears to be an H and a W overlaid in a circle, which is new to me. My jewelry mark references are limited; can anyone enlighten me as to the maker? Thanks!

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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 02-11-2002 04:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Brent--my usual source for jewelry marks is Rainwaiter's American Jewelry Manufacturers. Do you have it? It is basically the jewelry version of her silver mark book. However, it is only available in hardback (usu. about $40-50 per copy, depending on where it is purchased) and it does not have the appendix of unlettered marks that her silver book has, making it quite difficult to identify a mark that is only a symbol. A cursory look through the H and W sections did not reveal the maker of your pin, unfortunately. I think pins like this were made by other makers because they have templates for the pins, a lot like class ring manufacturers. Then they just fill in whatever company it is. Probably a lot cheaper than Int'l setting up the dies, etc. for making their own pins.

An aside--somewhere I have a similar service pin for the American Electroplater's Union--interestingly, the pin is solid sterling. If I ever find it I'll post a picture.

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