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Ulysses Dietz
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iconnumber posted 09-20-2009 09:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just wanted to note for those interested that Acanthus Press is just releasing a new book called DREAM HOUSE: THE WHITE HOUSE AS AN AMERICAN HOME, which looks at the president's residence in comparison to the prevailing notion of HOME in America. I co-authored the book with an old friend and colleague. He handled gardens and architecture, and I covered interiors and objects. I put this here because silver is, of course, one of the topics covered. The story of the silver used in the White House over time might be of interest. No one has ever approached the White House in this way, and while it was hell to produce, the result is very satisfying. Did you all know that both the Monroes and President Jackson favored French silver?

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iconnumber posted 09-20-2009 01:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congratulations on this great accomplishment. Look forward to reading it.

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iconnumber posted 09-20-2009 04:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for swarter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Now available from Amazon @ $50 ($75 list).

Your seventh book (including one novel and one thesis)? I had no idea you were so prolific! smile

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iconnumber posted 09-20-2009 05:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can we purchase the book via the Newark Museum at a similar discount. I am looking to send $ to the museum without it hurting my wallet.

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iconnumber posted 09-21-2009 07:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We will be selling Dream House at the Museum, but I'm not sure when that will start. However, I don't know if we'll have any discount, other than the usual members' discount--it's not a Museum book--I did it as an outside venture. Getting it at Amazon or B&N seems the best deal!

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iconnumber posted 09-30-2009 10:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Perhaps a companion book to the DREAM HOUSE: THE WHITE HOUSE AS AN AMERICAN HOME by Ulysses is the book "Entertaining at the White House" by Peter Schifando and J. Jonathan Joseph with a forward by Nancy Reagan. This book has only a few pages on silver, but it does include the picture below.

The spoon shown belonged to Thomas Jefferson and has a partial family history engraved on the back of the bowl. The engraving states that the spoon was made in London in 1768-9. The picture also shows the last two letter of the sponsors mark - E pellet T. Hopefully Ulysses in his book will tell us who these initials refer to.


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Just in case Ulysses doesn't go into this detail in the book, the mark looks like one of those attributed to Elizabeth Tookey (Grimwade 3559). She took over on the death of her spoonmaker husband. The mark will have been in the missing register but Grimwade et al are confident of the attribution.

Nice to think a Brit provided the spoon.

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