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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 07-12-2001 11:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Lisa originally made a post in the General Silver Forum about this piece.(click here to see the post (Interesting eBay Item??))

The pattern is Narragansett, designed 1884. Here are some better pictures of the piece.

It is about 8-3/4" long and 3.4 ounces troy.

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Brent

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iconnumber posted 09-19-2001 01:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote


Here are some pictures of a Gorham teaspoon in a similar vein. I was wondering if this might not have been part of a set to accompany the Narragansett servers. As far as I know, the full blown handle in the piece above was only used for servers. Does anyone have other examples of teaspoons or other place pieces, perhaps with different sea creatures?

Brent

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Richard Kurtzman
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iconnumber posted 09-19-2001 03:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Brent, The spoon you picture is a later edition or version of the Five O'clock Teaspoon #2, which is pictured in Gorham's 1887 Spoon and Fork Catalogue. It was probably made in the late 1890's, hence the H prefix. The earlier ones also have a seashell bowl. Out of the set of twelve different designs, there are about five others which have sea creature motifs. I would classify these as uncommon, but not rare.

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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 09-19-2001 08:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, there are 6 similar sea motifs in the set of 12 5 o'clock spoons. All but one have shell bowls (that one has a fish shaped bowl). They all turn up on eBay periodically. But they are not part of the Narragansett pattern. The Narragansett pattern was limited to fish servers, salad servers, oyster forks, soup ladles, gravy ladles, and preserve, sugar, berry & jelly spoons. Gorham also made an almond spoon with a shell bowl and a sort of coral (?) branch handle and a matching butter pick with a leaf shaped implement end. I can't recall seeing any other place pieces. I have seen one other handle design with teaspoon bowl. Am not sure if they made all 6 designs with teaspoon bowls.

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Brent

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iconnumber posted 09-20-2001 12:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for all of the information. I appreciate it. Is this information available in the new Gorham Catalogs on CD-ROM, or did you get it from some other source? Are some individual catalogs available in paper form? Just curious.

Brent

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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 09-20-2001 05:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The information about the pieces Narragansett was made in comes from somewhere in the book Silver in American, but I can't remember where...

About the coffee spoons, with 6 sea motif ones & 6 others...that info can be found in catalogs or also Anton Hardt's 1st souvenir spoon book. (BTW, the other 6 spoons in the series are other designs that were popular then: twisted stems, etc.) Hardt's books are primarily composed of spoon advertisements of the period.

The Gorham CD's have not come out yet...I think the projected date is October sometime.

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