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Trefid

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iconnumber posted 07-31-2001 02:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Trefid     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone have any knowledge of silver manufacturer's or retailer's flatware catalogs from the 1840's through the 1870's? This type of catalog didn't seem to come into existence until the 1880's, but earlier manufacturers must have had something printed to show retailers. (Unless the mfr. salesmen simply showed examples?) At any rate, printed material relating to silver inventories must have been scarcer than hen's teeth during that period.

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Dorothy

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iconnumber posted 10-13-2001 08:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dorothy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a copy of C. L. Byrd & Co.'s "Illustrated Catalogue of Watches, Jewelry, Silverware, and Diamonds" from the late 1870's. C. L. Byrd & Co. was established in 1841 and did business at 275 Main Street in Memphis, Tenn. In this catalogue they listed their new spoon pattern "Hindostanee" (Gorham - 1878)and also illustrated other patterns - "Raphael" (Gorham - 1874) and "Swiss" (Gorham - 1870). There was also a list of the combinations that these patterns were sold in and a list of pieces available.

This is not a direct answer to your question (I'm no expert on these things), but your question gives me the opportunity to share this wonderful illustration in the catalogue of Gorham's Century Vase and ask if anyone knows where the Century Vase is today?

This is my first stab at posting a picture, so I hope that it works!

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Richard Kurtzman
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iconnumber posted 10-13-2001 09:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dorothy, I believe that Gorham never found a buyer for the vase and that eventually it was melted down.

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Dorothy

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iconnumber posted 10-13-2001 09:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dorothy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Horrors!

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bascall

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iconnumber posted 10-17-2013 05:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not new news, but good news I hope, if I understand this entry correctly, the Century Vase was donated to the South Kensington Museum National Art Library in 1878.
Reports from Commissioners By Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons

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Polly

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Does that mean the Victoria & Albert now holds the Century Vase? Or does it just mean that their library has a book about it? (The South Kensington Museum was an old name for the V&A.)

I tried to search their website, but I didn't get very far.

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bascall

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I think you have a good point; it looks like I didn't understand the entry well enough. In context it does look like it is a publication.

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swarter
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iconnumber posted 10-19-2013 11:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for swarter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
These all appear to be library entries.

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bascall

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iconnumber posted 10-19-2013 05:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by swarter:
These all appear to be library entries.

Thanks. I can be a dummy at times.

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 12-09-2019 10:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jeweler’s Circular and Horological Review
1876 Vol. 7
pg 177

quote:


It has been the aim and object of every leading manufacturing firm in this country to signalize and mark the Centennial year by some supreme effort of industrial art. This specially applies to the honorable brotherhood of workers in silver, and each and every house offers for criticism and admiration some magnificent trophy of the achievements of skilled labor. In such a display one of the first firms to be looked for is the Gorham Company, for this house ranks as the patriarch of the trade, and one is not astonished to find that it is represented at the Centennial by a masterpiece which is unsurpassed in purity of material, in felicity of design and in excellence of finish. The idea of “The Century Vase,” is to present a combined symbolism of the past and present of this country, and in this lofty and ambitious intend Messrs. George Wilkinson and Thomas J. Pairpoint have succeeded wondrous well. The work may be divided into the base with plinth and the vase proper, the former embodying the history of time past, the latter the full fruition of the present day. Following the design from the base upwards we first observe two figures of armed Indian and Pioneer while on either side there stretches away a coping richly ornamented with wild game and fruits on one side and agricultural products on the other. This border encircles the entire and is symbolical of those early days when civilization had as yet scarcely acquired a footing on this continent. Thence there rises an easy sweep of silver to a solid slab of granite emblematic of the security of government, around which are displayed the thirty-eight stars of the United States, thirteen of which, representative of the original colonies, occupy the place of honor along the front of the slab. On the left hand side Bellona with angry torch in hand bounds on the cruel dogs of civil war amid the debris of the battle ground while on the right the lion led by gentle children among music and flowers, denotes the return of peace and security. These groups are worthy of special attention for each is of admirable spirit. In the centre, the outcome of events, rises the calm solid plinth set on either side with massive bison heads and decorated with two medallions in bas-relief, one depicting the Genius of Philosophy presenting a portrait of Franklin superintending the operations of the printing press, while in front the Angel of Fame bears aloft the portrait of Washington to eternal glory. From the summit of the plinth the shank of the vase rises until the two panels of the body are reached. One represents Genius ready to record the progress made in literature, science, music, painting, sculpture and architecture, while on the reverse is indicated the advancement in commerce, agriculture, mining and manufactures. The summit of the vase is occupied by a statuette group representing America, inviting and welcoming all nations to unite in the celebration of the Centennial year, while around the central figure stand representatives of Europe, Asia and Africa, each bringing in their contributions to the Exhibition. It is impossible to give our readers a correct idea of the many excellencies and beauties of “The Century Vase,” by a mere description, but we have no doubt that many have seen and admired it during their stay at Philadelphia. There can be no question but that it is one of the leading features of the Exhibition and will still be so when, after the lapse of another hundred years, it will be again set forth by the Gorham Company in 1976.

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 12-10-2019 12:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Free library of Philadelphia

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