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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 11-12-2006 02:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Star Wars - Leia - Weckström connection

Last night I saw the end of the 1977 Star Wars. In the final scenes, Leia appears be wearing a Björn Weckström necklace. What do you think?

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dragonflywink

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iconnumber posted 11-12-2006 02:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonflywink     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And a priceless antique by the time Leia purchased it at Ye Olde Intergalactic Curio Shoppe on Alderaan.

Actually, it's well-known among Star Wars fans that it is a Bjorn Weckstrom piece called Planetaariset Laaksot (Planetary Valleys), produced by Lapponia 1969-81.

Cheryl ;o)

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 11-12-2006 03:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I did not know. June sort of remembered hearing something but she wasn't sure what it was.

Thanks.

Was there more interesting jewelry in Star Wars?

How about other film, TV, art where well know Silver and jewelry appears?

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iconnumber posted 11-12-2006 06:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FWG     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, it's sort of the reverse process, but several of the silver brooches from the Lord of the Rings trilogy were commercially released. I never got any but there was one or two that I was quite tempted by.

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iconnumber posted 11-12-2006 09:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jersey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
HI!

FYI..... that Princess Leia necklace is being reproduced. Also many Hollywood Stars replica, (some original pieces as well), that were/are quality costume jewelry from their movies are out there for sale. Some online home shopping sites offer (those replicas) as well from time to time, but even some costume jewelry can be very pricey.
If it makes you happy....go for it!

BTW Björn Weckström , one of the most famous jewelry designers in Finland did craft the necklace worn by Princess Leia in A New Hope

Jersey

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iconnumber posted 11-12-2006 11:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One of the most ubiquitous silver things in old movies and teevee programs is the smoking set. The silver lighter, tiny urn holder and tray appear over and over. Both Bette Davis and Joan Crawford used them a great deal.

The silver dresser set also appears a lot. Gazing into the mirror is a beautiful image.

I always found that one could learn a lot about old silver by watching old movies. Thanks for this thread Scott and June.

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iconnumber posted 02-28-2007 06:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jersey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by jersey:
HI!

FYI..... that Princess Leia necklace is being reproduced. Also many Hollywood Stars replica, (some original pieces as well), that were/are quality costume jewelry from their movies are out there for sale. Some online home shopping sites offer (those replicas) as well from time to time, but even some costume jewelry can be very pricey.
If it makes you happy....go for it!

BTW Björn Weckström , one of the most famous jewelry designers in Finland did craft the necklace worn by Princess Leia in A New Hope. It is called The Planetary Valleys necklace.

Jersey


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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 02-28-2007 08:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hannibal Lecter uses Christofle silver. This is mentioned in one of the books, but I don't think it is mentioned or shown in the corresponding movie.

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 06-23-2007 09:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I stumbled across an old low budget sci-fi movie They Came from Beyond Space (1967 - UK) where the key plot element is a silver plate.
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They Came from Beyond Space
1967-UK-Space Adventure
Starring:
    Robert Hutton
    Jennifer Jayne
    Zia Mohyeddin
    Bernard Kay
    Michael Gough
Directed by:
    Freddie Francis
PLOT DESCRIPTION
In this sci-fi drama, an alien spaceship breaks down and crashes on the moon. These creatures need help to make repairs and so use their powers to possess a few scientists and use them as slaves. Unfortunately for them, one scientist has a silver plate in his head from an auto accident and cannot be controlled. It is he who travels to the moon and has a little chat with the aliens and suggests they might get more help, if they simply asked for it. The story is based on Joseph Millard's book The Gods Hate Kansas.

If this is your sort of thing and you have patience you may watch the movie on Youtube (click here) The silver plot element is mentioned about 6 or 7 minutes in.

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iconnumber posted 06-23-2007 10:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In my favorite movie "Sunset Boulevard", Norma Desmond, played by Gloria Swanson, holds her cigarettes with an odd silver clamp that is connected to a finger ring (it is on her left hand in this still):

She also makes use of a silver hand mirror:

In several shots of the inside of Norma's mansion, the viewer can see old silver picture frames containing photographs of the faded star in her heyday. I see two ornate repousse examples here:

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iconnumber posted 05-08-2008 10:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Silver and jewelry aren't really very common subjects in art, they more often occur incidentally as background details. I thought of a few examples in which they are featured more prominently.

Yoko Ono's work "Three Spoons" from 1967 features four actual Shiebler/Polhemus "Diamond" pattern spoons atop a plexiglass pedestal.

A few years ago, I saw a great exhibition in Paris called "ÉCRITURE EN DÉLIRE" which presented early through late 20th century artwork by insane people in asylums. One of the artists, Emile Josome Hodinos, created countless works titled "Médailles". These look to me like Neoclassical style silver medals, coins, etc.

The surrealist Meret Oppenheim is widely known mostly for her iconic 1936 "Object", which is a fur-covered cup, saucer, and spoon. From another angle, the spoon looks like it is probably the Antique pattern.

The fashion designer Franco Moschino used fine tailoring and traditional forms, but added witty, ironic, and surreal twists to the garments. Below is his "Dinner Jacket" from 1989-90 which features gold-plated flatware on it.

Piero Fornasetti, the mid-century Italian designer, sometimes used flatware as a motif in his work, such as on this plate from the "Tema e Variazioni" series:

Joseph Cornell occasionally used flatware and pieces of jewelry in his box constructions. This one from 1933 contains several silver plated(?) knives.


This is a 17th century German painting of an imaginary cabinet of curiosities. It depicts many pieces of jewelry, silver- and gem-encrusted pieces, and near the top left, what looks like some kind of silver vessel with a knight's helmet on it. Unlike art in which silver/jewelry figure merely as details, the collection itself is the subject of this painting.

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iconnumber posted 05-08-2008 11:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And don't forget Judy Chicago's iconic feminist installation, The Dinner Party, now at the Brooklyn Museum.

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 06-01-2009 09:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A couple of frames from the silent movie Safety Last (see:La Valliere):

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chase33

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Here is a work by photographer Edward Steichen from 1930.

BTW if anyone knows where I can get a poster of this let me know.

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Forgot to add to my last post that he created a series of photos for ads for Gorham (and Black Starr and Frost - Gorham) in the late 20's-early 30's. This ad is of the Fairfax pattern taken in 1930.

Robert

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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 06-26-2009 03:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
chase33, Steichen's Fairfax promo image is fabulous, thanks for sharing.

Was watching "Pretty Woman" the other day, having found it at a flea market, there is one scene I had forgotten about where Julia Roberts's character is being trained to eat "properly", and the manager of her hotel has her seated at a table, with an open silverware chest, and is explaining the difference between, and proper placement of, shrimp, salad, and dinner forks.

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I always salivate over Galadriel's pitcher in The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring. It seems neoclassical yet modern at the same time. I seem to remember seeing similar ones in antique shows years ago; possibly by Gorham or maybe made in Mexico. Is this possible, or was everything used in the movie made just for it?

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iconnumber posted 06-01-2010 06:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for middletom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Chase33,

Would it possible to get a copy of the photo of the Gorham Fairfax silver? My mother always had the Fairfax and my oldest brother now has it and as he is a photographer, I'm sure he would like to have a copy of the photo.

Please let me know if it can be had.

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chase33

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iconnumber posted 06-01-2010 10:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chase33     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wish I had the original photo. That image was one I found online a few years back. I have been looking for even a poster of that image but no such luck yet. I can email you the image I have but not sure how to do that.

Robert

[This message has been edited by chase33 (edited 06-01-2010).]

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jersey

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Hello Middletom.

If you google Steichen Silverware Still life it's out there, maybe you could print it out.

Jersey

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Thank you Robert and Jersey. I'll check out that Google topic.

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Ulysses Dietz
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iconnumber posted 06-03-2010 08:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Steichen was doing a lot of object photography for industry in those years--although not of silver, the Newark Museum owns a group of photographs he did in 1927 and 1928 of carpet tacks, mothballs and sugar cubes, cigarettes and matches, buttons and thread--that were then translated into silk dress fabrics. So this flatware photo--which is amazing!--is right in line with what he was up to at that moment.

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In the mediocre 1990 police drama Internal Affairs, which has been a schedule filler on TMC lately, Laurie Metcalf's character wears one of these in a couple of scenes:

It is a limited-production mixed media necklace produced by New Orleans designer Thomas Mann in the late 80s. This is a dated 1988 example.

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In 1956, in the middle of The Ed Sullivan Show the magazine Modern Screen held an awards presentation.

They gave out a lot of Silver (silverplate) trophies. I wonder where it all is now? I know one trophy will be at auction soon.

Do any of you have any in your collections?

The following video of the 1956 Modern Screen Awards is only 8 minutes long but it feels longer than the Academy Awards.

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Johnny Tremain is a 1957 film in which the first 15 minutes takes place in a silversmith shop. Watch the first 15 minutes or watch the full feature

From Wikipedia

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Johnny Tremain is apprenticed to a silversmith, Mr. Lapham. One day, wealthy Jonathan Lyte asks Mr. Lapham to fix a broken silver tea cup. Lapham refuses because he believes he is too old for such jobs. Tremain believes he is skilled enough to do the job, and accepts. After trying several times but failing, he asks fellow silversmith, Paul Revere, for help designing a new handle. Revere tells him to make the handle deeper and larger. Eager to try the new design, Johnny breaks the Sabbath and accidentally burns his hand. .....


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