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iconnumber posted 12-22-2007 01:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chicagosilver     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Recently we've come across several handmade sterling pins signed FD with a hammer mark. They are all very dimensional, and from the themes would seem to come from New England:

Can anyone help identify the maker?

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iconnumber posted 08-27-2008 07:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jersey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just another shot in the dark, but could the hammer have to do with a last name? Or does it mean hand hammered?


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iconnumber posted 10-26-2013 07:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chicagosilver     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Since the original post we've found several other similar FD Hammer objects, all pins with a New England theme.

Recently however we located a small serving spoon / ladle with this mark:

The detail work is decent though not great, but it's a pretty piece, and it's the only non-pin item by this mystery maker we've ever seen.

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iconnumber posted 04-15-2017 03:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chicagosilver     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mystery solved, thanks to a family member. FD stands for Fred Dodson. Worked in Vermont, then New Hampshire where he taught metalwork at Dartmouth College. Eventually moved to Florida.

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iconnumber posted 04-15-2017 05:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the lead...this turned up.
Fred Dodson


Fred Dodson was born in Washington, DC, in 1921 and grew up in Madison, NJ. An early love for the arts led to The Grand Central School of Art and Columbia University in NYC. He married Phyllis Lake (Dodson) in 1942 and together they bought a small farm in Stockbridge, Vermont, where they lived until 1954, with a two year break during which Fred served in World War II, fighting the war and during occupation in Europe.

Fred and Phyllis moved to a small town in southwestern New Hampshire where they raised two children, Anne and David, who, as adults, have chosen Camden to live. With a young family to support, Fred made his living as a craftsman, creating pewter hollowware (tea/coffee sets, etc.), gold and silver jewelry, candlesticks and sculpture, all the while maintaining his love of painting. Fred, Phyl, David and Anne spent summers in Deer Isle, Maine operating a store that contained Fred’s work and Phyl’s weaving. In 1968 Fred and Phyl moved to Naples, FL (with Anne still in high school, but David at college) where painting became his full time work. He specialized in watercolors, teaching classes, and showing his work in galleries in Florida and other parts of the US. They continued to come to Deer Isle in the summer months into the early 1970s. While in Florida, Phyllis pursued her interest in writing, contributing regular nature articles to the Naples Daily News as she also worked on an account of the years spent living off the grid in Vermont. That work became a book entitled “Stony Brook, RFD,” which was published in 2006, a year before she died.


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