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Paul Lemieux

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I picked up a little Gorham Aesthetic-style pepper shaker at an antique store. Its body is handhammered, and made in two pieces. The cap has a die-rolled band of star-like shapes. The bottom has Gorham's tripartite mark, 1650, STERLING, and the date mark for 1879. In addition, it has 'EX' which is hand-marked in block capital letters. I think I read somewhere that this stands for an experimental piece. If not, does anybody know what EX means?

If it is experimental, just what does this signify? Would it mean about the same as "factory seconds"--originally intended for production, but deemed unworthy because of some defect? Or was it an experiment in design? The only thing that I consider a factory imperfection seems to be where the two halves of the body are joined--the line is visible with the naked eye, but that is all. What did Gorham do with experimental pieces? Sell it at a lower price? To the general public? Or just give it to workers? I think these pieces are harder to come by...do people consider them more or less collectible?

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