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iconnumber posted 10-22-2003 12:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FredZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
While watching the latest broadcast of Aniques Road Show I noticed the pronunciation of the Gorham line of hammered silver maked Martelle. For all the years I can remember I have pronounce it as Martel with the accent on the e. I noticed that the word Martelle has an accent on the second e. The word martelle is french qui? Whith hammer as it's derivation. Martillo in spanish. Perhaps some of the French speaking patrons here can educate me.


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iconnumber posted 10-22-2003 01:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is "Martelé", meaning "hammered" in French (from "marteler"--"to hammer"). The "é" is pronounced "ay".

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iconnumber posted 10-22-2003 02:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FredZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Many thanks. It is amazing how one can live in ignorance of such things for so many years.....


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